Hatching & Brooding

Assisted Hatching: Helping Chicks Get out of Eggs

Assisted Hatching: Helping Chicks Get out of Eggs

Assisted hatching is a process of helping the chick go out of eggs due to different reasons that I discuss below. The time it takes for a chick to hatch in 21 days. However, it sometimes happens that the chick has difficulties hatching from the egg. This problem can be due to different factors and it is essential that the breeder is prepared to be able to intervene in time and help save the animal’s life. If you want to know what to do when a chick does not come out of the egg, we invite you to continue reading…
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Why Do Chicks Die Inside the Egg

Why Do Chicks Die Inside the Egg

Nowadays, more and more people are interested in chicken production, because this is a highly profitable activity in the poultry industry. However, during the egg hatching process, there are those who have problems, as the chicks die inside the egg. If you want to know what are the causes of the death of chicks before hatching, we invite you to read this article, since the main factors of this problem and how to solve it will be described here. Causes of death of chicks inside the egg That the bird dies inside the egg can be due to several reasons,…
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Chicken Coop Lighting: Why You Need One?

Chicken Coop Lighting: Why You Need One?

Chicken coop lighting is one of the simple but major issues new chicken farmers are having problems with. Improper chicken coop heating may result in the deaths of chickens especially if you are growing young broilers. Should you add supplemental lighting to your chicken coop? Will hens overwinter? Learn why you might want to add a light bulb to your chicken coop. Chicken coop lighting for laying hens Hens naturally lay eggs when the days are long, and they slow down when the days get shorter in winter. This is because daylight stimulates the pituitary gland, which stimulates the hens'…
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Chicks Brooding: How Long do Chicks Need a Heater?

Chicks Brooding: How Long do Chicks Need a Heater?

A heat lamp or any type of heater is needed during the early days of chicks brooding. So your chicks are several weeks old, and maybe you've got them inside, and they're starting to stink, am I right? I've already done that! So, let's talk about how long chicks need a heat lamp. Everything I have read says to start at 95ºF and decrease 5 degrees each week until you reach 70ºF. That temperature drop information can be helpful if you live in a cold climate, but what if you live in a warm climate and it rarely reaches 70ºF?…
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Hatching Chicken Eggs Naturally: 8 Steps You Need to Know

Hatching Chicken Eggs Naturally: 8 Steps You Need to Know

Raising chickens naturally is a good way to increase the number of your flock but knowing the correct ways on hatching chicken eggs naturally helps you even more. However, some backyard farmers stray from this route for fear of ending up with multiple roosters. Still, for others, raising chickens on their own is just part of the farming experience and not that difficult to do, especially if you have a free-range hen. Some chickens reproduce unaided and choose to sit on the eggs all day. This can be caused by instinct, hormonal changes, or the change of seasons. Encouraging this…
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