When you want to raise chickens, the most favourable season for it is spring. Most hens lay eggs by this time, and it would give the chicks an ample amount of time to grow up and be ready for winter. It takes 21 days, more or less, for an egg to be hatched, considering that it has been exposed to the right temperature.
Chickens cannot hatch their eggs by themselves because of their growing dependence to humans. However, those chickens who grew up in the wild, they have the ability to hatch their own eggs. Chickens have been bred to lay eggs, another reason why they do not know how to sit and let their eggs hatch.
When a chicken becomes broody, you must let the chicken just sit on her nest for 1-2 weeks. After that, lock the chicken out of the coop, because her eggs won’t actually hatch. Restrict access to her area from the hen. Hens are not usually allowed to hatch their own chicks because of the tendency that they will just peck on their chicks.
So what you will do now is to incubate the eggs. Set the temperature to 99.5 degrees. Mark one side of the egg with an “X” and the other side with an “O”. Turn these eggs 3 times a day. Turning is essential especially when the eggs are newly laid. But, for the last 3 days, do not turn the eggs because it is not preparing to hatch.
The air bubble that is inside the egg is important. It is the one that relieves the pressure and stress of the embryo. However, if it has become too big, it can deplete the chick’s supply of air and nutrition. Correct humidity can assure that the air bubble is growing normally. The air bubble serves as the chick’s door when time comes that it is already going to come out.
Now that your eggs are already hatched, you can now take care of the chicks. Just be sure that you feed it with starter feeds, have water ready for the chicks all the time, maintain appropriate heat for the chicks, make the surface of their floors non-slippery and keep it away from the predators.
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