I put a batch of eggs in the incubator yesterday. I thought it might be fun for the extra readers I have for the month of NaBloWriMo to see the process of hatching chicks start to finish.
The incubator is a bottom-of-the-line styrofoam model with an egg turner. My hatch rates range from 30%-60%.
I have loaded in 19 beautiful eggs. Hopefully at least half will hatch and hopefully half will be hens. That would be 4-5 hens. But alas my incubator hatches many more males than females. Just lucky I guess!
It takes 21 days to hatch eggs, so these will be done before this October challenge is over.
Except….(Major Caveat)…my roosters are very young–6 months old. I have never used eggs fertilized by roosters this young before, so I don’t know for sure they are fertile yet.