Should you separate a broody hen from other hens and cockerels? This is a tricky one as there are arguments for and against. If you separate a broody hen from the rest of the flock you are safe guarding the safety of the hen and chicks when they hatch as they are not going to … Read more Should You Separate Broody Hen From Other Hens & Cockerel?
I am often asked what does a pipped egg means. A pipped egg is when the chick is beginning to hatch and a crack forms in the egg shell where the chick is breaking through the egg membrane and shell. The chick pecks at the inside of the egg and the shell cracks and then … Read more What Does A Pipped Egg Mean?
Here is a set of instructions for how to incubate hen eggs in an incubator without an automatic egg turner. Collect 6 to 12 fertile hen eggs. Store with the pointed end of egg facing down. Plug in the incubator the day before adding eggs to make sure it is working. Add water to the … Read more How To Incubate Hen Eggs In An Incubator Without An Automatic Egg Turner
Do you have any advice on helping quail chicks hatch out? There is a lot of debate about whether you should help a quail chick or any chick out of their shell. I believe it is up to the individual to assess their own situation and decide if they are going to intervene or not. We … Read more Helping Quail Chicks
I am always delighted to get feedback about the products I am selling at farmingfriends, so I was thrilled to see my Incubating, Hatching & Raising Guinea Fowl Keets eBook described as comprehensive information. Sara, Here in North Carolina USA my husband and I have hatched guinea keets with an incubator. We’ve scoured the internet … Read more Incubating, Hatching & Raising Guinea Fowl eBook Review
I have received an email from Jenny asking for help regarding the temperature fluctuating in her incubator. Hello, My name is Jenny, I have an incubutor.. but I can not get it to hold it’s temperature… it’s up and down like a yo yo.. Can you help? I have now tried it twice and got … Read more Fluctuating Temperature In Egg Hatching Incubator
Had an email on Friday night letting me know that a duckling was hatching early and then this morning I heard that the yolk sac hadn’t been absorbed. Hi Sara, just to update you on our eggs. It is not due to hatch until Wednesday next week but it actually started to break the shell … Read more Duckling Hatched Early And Yolk Sac Not Absorbed
I have been asked about water in an incubator. “Hi there I was wondering if you put water in the incubator when eggs are incubating ? Thanks write back asap. Ekram” When incubating eggs the eggs need to have a level of humidity in the incubator in order to hatch. One way to attain the … Read more Water In Incubator
I have just received an email about muscovy ducklings struggling to hatch out. Hi Sara I have a muscovy duck that hatched out two of her babies, she still had alot of eggs but did not sit on them for a day so i took them away as they were ice cold. Just before i … Read more Muscovy Ducklings Struggling To Hatch Out
When breeding quail and incubating their eggs it is important to keep a record of fertility and to calculate the percentage fertility because this will help in evaluating incubation and breeding efficiency. I have recently incubated some quail eggs from quail that were hatched themselves in 2007, so two years on it is important to check their … Read more Quail Egg Fertility Rate October 2009