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Broody hens make good mamas. -Advertisement- A mama hen strutting about with her brood of chicks in tow is the quintessential farm image everyone knows and loves. Brooding is the process by which newly hatched chicks, or birds of any kind, grow up, learn to eat and drink, and are kept at the temperature necessary […]Read more »
Tricks and tips for hatching chicks with incubators and moving them to brooders. You can read about incubators at Taking the Guesswork Out of Incubators -Advertisement- – Hatching Begins in the Egg The hatching process is one of the niftiest little miracles in the animal world. During the last days of incubation, the chick grows […]Read more »
Demystifying (but not de-mistyfing) chick incubators. -Advertisement- Believe it or not, incubation isn’t just an invention of the modern era. Historical records show that incubation of eggs was practiced in Ancient Egypt. Mud brick buildings, divided into chambers that were basically large ovens, were heated by burning straw, dung or charcoal. Temperature and ventilation were […]Read more »
In this episode of Community Chickens Podcasts, our guests discuss the darlings of the barnyard, ducks: what to feed them, how to house them, their behavior and what they bring to the table. Thank you Brinsea for Sponsoring this episode! Our Podcast Guests Include: Kellsey Trimble former managing editor of Grit Magazine enjoys immersing herself in the homestead […]Read more »
In this series, I’m going to break down the five most important parts to setting up a quality brooder for chicks. In part one, information was given to hopefully help you choose your brooder, now a heat source needs to be chosen. There are some exemplary options out on the market today. Most of the […]Read more »
My second baby hatched recently. There are so few things as exciting as when your chicks hatch. It’s a beautiful baby chick from a light Brahma daddy and a black Easter Egger mama. I know this because she is the only one that lays pink eggs. I have been using the Brinsea mini incubator just […]Read more »