{C.L.U.C.K.} What Is a Staggered Hatch

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Chick

This Spring I plan to be running staggered hatches to get more chicks than I could with normal “one batch at a time” incubation.  If you’re new to incubating, you’ll want to start with this post. But if you’ve caught the bug, like I have, you might be ready for something a little more complex. What… Read more »

Ready, Set, GO! (aka Incubation 101)

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(A little disclaimer:  I am a stickler for detail.  You can hatch eggs without all the record-keeping and weighing.  Just follow the guide for temperature and humidity if this all seems way too complex.) Get Ready! – The week before incubation If you are new to incubating, you will want to start preparing about a… Read more »

First Candling Day

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Candling Station

Over the weekend, I candled and weighed all our eggs so I wanted to share how I do that and what I found out.  Here are my printable record sheets and candling/weighing instructions, if you need a copy. I always expect to lose lots of eggs at the first candling because not all the eggs… Read more »

Getting Ready to Incubate

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Incubation-Weigh eggs

My eggs are perking away in the incubator now, but I thought I’d show you how I get ready to incubate. I printed off my Incubation Record Sheets.  I always number my eggs so I can keep track of weights and candling observations.  This time I am hatching several groups of eggs that I want… Read more »

Choosing An Incubator

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Incubators

Cooler weather is here, and that means I’m itching to fill up my incubator.  I’ll be contacting breeders this week to see if I’ll be able to get some beautiful Heritage Barred Rocks, Black Copper Marans, and White Leghorns to add to my flock.  I can’t wait to share that hatch with you.  Hatching chicks… Read more »