Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Chickens in spring......

     The backyard chicken movement is growing, or coming back depending on how you look at it. Our family has finished up our first year of chicken ownership with no major issues and no losses. If you are thinking about adding chickens to your own backyard now is an excellent time to start thinking about chickens or eggs.

     My son's school hatches eggs in the classroom which got me thinking about incubating a few of our own chicks. If you check your local Craigslist or feed store you will find that you can purchase fertilized eggs as well as already hatched chicks. Hatching eggs is a great learning experience for children, and though not always successful, a lot of fun as well. 

     First, you'll want to check out some incubators. Luckily they are very easy to find online at places like MyPetChicken.com or McMurrayHatchery.com  among others. It takes about 21 days from point of lay for eggs to hatch and funny enough, all eggs should hatch within 48 hours of each other. After your new peeps arrive you'll need a heat lamp, a brooder of some sort (can even be a cardboard box) some starter mash and some water. Something fun to think about! 

3 comments:

  1. Baby chickens are just so sweet. :)

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  2. So exciting! I'm hoping one of my broody hens hatches some eggs come summer :)
    -Jaime

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