Sep 22, 2012

Hatch-along with The Chicken Chick, Part 1: The Addiction

I ordered my first dozen baby chicks from online and when they arrived, I was instantly enchanted. My new, fluffy pets quickly turned me into a card-carrying chicken addict.
I ordered my first dozen baby chicks from online and when they arrived, I was instantly enchanted. My new, fluffy pets quickly turned me into a card-carrying chicken addict
I ordered my first dozen baby chicks from online using a Breed Selector tool; when they arrived, I was instantly enchanted. My new, fluffy pets quickly turned me into a card-carrying chicken addict.
My first dozen girlz.
My first dozen girlz.
Prior to their arrival, it never occurred to me that I might wish to expand my flock one day, much less hatch my own chicks. My interest in hatching began when, at four months of age, one of my babies revealed himself to be a rooster most unexpectedly. I had ordered ‘sexed’chicks, which means they were identified by hatchery experts as being female. The technique for sexing day old chicks is only 90% accurate and Mr. 10% made his presence known quite clearly. 
Petunia, 6 weeks old
Petunia, 6 weeks old
Petunia, 6 months old
Petunia, 6 months old
 By five months of age, the babies were no longer fluffy balls of fuzz, they were full-fledged adults with jobs to do; the ladies were laying eggs and Petunia was taking care of the ladies. 
By five months of age, the babies were no longer fluffy balls of fuzz, they were full-fledged adults with jobs to do; the ladies were laying eggs and Petunia was taking care of the ladies.
I missed the baby chick phase and the new-found knowledge that there were fertile eggs in the nest boxes on any given day was enticement enough for me to give hatching a try. A mere five months into chicken-keeping, I ordered the first of my two Brinsea Advance Mini incubators. Within a short period of time, I outgrew the 7 egg Mini Advance incubators and upgraded to a Brinsea Octagon 20, which holds at least 20 eggs. Hey, it's an addiction, what can I tell ya? :)
A mere five months into chicken-keeping, I ordered the first of my two Brinsea Advance Mini incubators. Within a short period of time, I outgrew the 7 egg Mini Advance incubators and upgraded to a Brinsea Octagon 20, which holds at least 20 eggs. Hey, it's an addiction, what can I tell ya? :)
A mere five months into chicken-keeping, I ordered the first of my two Brinsea Advance Mini incubators. Within a short period of time, I outgrew the 7 egg Mini Advance incubators and upgraded to a Brinsea Octagon 20, which holds at least 20 eggs. Hey, it's an addiction, what can I tell ya? :)
I have been hatching virtually non-stop since then. Not only do I view hatching as a way to add new breeds to my backyard flock and new colors to my egg basket, but I see it as a wonderful way to teach my daughters about the miracle of life and the importance of knowing the source of their food. Hatching eggs is habit-forming, educational, rewarding and exhilarating. It can also be disappointing and challenging at times, but most of all, it’s fun.
I have been hatching virtually non-stop since then. Not only do I view hatching as a way to add new breeds to my backyard flock and new colors to my egg basket, but I see it as a wonderful way to teach my daughters about the miracle of life and the importance of knowing the source of their food. Hatching eggs is habit-forming, educational, rewarding and exhilarating. It can also be disappointing and challenging at times, but most of all, it’s fun.
Since I just received a new shipment of fertile hatching eggs in the mail, I thought you might like to tag along for the three week journey with me this time. There’s really not that much to it, the chick does most of the work. There are a few things that require monitoring to various degrees depending on the incubator used, but for the most part, the chick takes care of the heavy lifting.
The purpose of this blog series is to share what I know with you about the process. I hope that you will share in a little bit of the anticipation and excitement of hatching chicks and perhaps even give it a try yourself if you haven’t already. There are some basic considerations to take into account before delving into hatching, more on that next time.
The purpose of this blog series is to share what I know with you about the process. I hope that you will share in a little bit of the anticipation and excitement of hatching chicks and perhaps even give it a try yourself if you haven’t already. There are some basic considerations to take into account before delving into hatching, more on that next time.
The purpose of this blog series is to share what I know with you about the process. I hope that you will share in a little bit of the anticipation and excitement of hatching chicks and perhaps even give it a try yourself if you haven’t already. There are some basic considerations to take into account before delving into hatching, more on that next time.
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203 comments :

  1. This is GREAT! I have a ton of questions about the best way to add to my flock, so this is exciting. I'll sit on my hands for the next three weeks.

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  2. Your post touched on what's going on up here. Our chicks came 'sexed' we only wanted 3 hens. We fell in love on the way home, especially with our little Barred rock, 'she' was so cute playing with my bracelets, 'her' name became Fiddle. We where in denial for weeks! How could it be that 'she' was a he? Even when the odd sounds starting coming from the garage,I was in denial. Maybe 'she' had a cold? Maybe it was one of our goats? On and on it went! So now that we have been stripped clean of "maybe it's just a dominate hen" fog, we can say " yep fiddle is a boy"
    We don't have enough hens, and I find myself not cut out for chicken sex. As Fiddle starts to dance about his ladies Beatrice and Fahgel I start yelling " protect your virtue"! Thank god our neighbors aren't close! So now, we have been losing sleep over these questions. " should we get more hens, and keep him"? " should we just move him to his new home now"? the common theme being " more hens" babies, pullets, breed, hens.....on and on it goes. What I know for certain is that we are hooked! There is no going back, to 'life before chickens'. So now we are just trying to not add to our title " crazy goat" ladies. But I have to say " crazy goat and chicken ladies" has a certain ring! Now to just be certain we only get girls!

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    1. I loved your story about Fiddle and just love the name! I laughed when you told your girls to protect their virtue!!!

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  3. I am going to hatch true Araucana eggs in the net few weeks.
    Theresa
    hennesseyt3@yahoo.com

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  4. I want black copper marans! Such beautiful eggs!
    Vicki Ritchie

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    1. I have a Black Copper Marans at POL and three Blue Copper Marans that are 10 weeks old. I can't wait for Sammi's first egg. It should be any day now!

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  5. Black copper marans for me too=:)

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  6. Bawk Bawk Bawk

    Love the chicks and all the information you share.

    NicholasSummersell at gmail

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  7. SO happy that I found your blog. I just dove into chickens this spring and I'm loving it. I hope to hatch some this spring! Do you hatch through the winter? We have 12 hens and one Roo.

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  8. I love seeing all your pictures! We too had a (s)he. Our beautiful Sweetie Pie was supposed to be a girl. He was the most curious and vibrant of the bunch. Always the first to let the kids hold him. He is still one of our favorites. I was going to change his name to something more boy appropriate - but he will always be Sweetie Pie!

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  9. I haven't hatched out any eggs...yet! I want to!

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  10. We haven't hatched any eggs....yet! I want to though!

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  11. I have never hatched chicks, but I want to, expecially to gather My own eggs from them

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  12. I have never hatched chicks (yet)...I'm sure this spring I will let my ladies sit on a couple nest, just to see Roopert babies!
    I have been "eyeing" the incubators at the feed store & talking myself out of getting one until spring, that way I'm not hatching & brooding babies in the cold winter months!
    I have enjoyed following your blog & reading about your hatching experience! Thank you for keeping me informed on so many great chicken facts!
    ~Audrey Siebert

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    1. Hi Audrey! I hatch all year long. It's part of the addiction! :)

      Thanks for following, it's always nice to hear from you!

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  13. We too had a boy in the bunch. Our sweet Katie turned into Kenny. I have never hatched chicks before but might give it a try soon. Love all your info and thanks for the chance to win a subscription to Mother Earth News.

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  14. Your picture of the Barred Rock makes me miss my roo, Rocky (also a Barred Rock). He was so gentle and friendly. I wanted to hatch his chicks, but city ordinance doesn't allow roos. That was just this past June I had to give him away, and I thought maybe a couple of my hens might be fertile to continue his legacy. I tried to hatch with a broody...to no avail.
    Maybe someday I will try my hand at incubating some!!!!

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  15. Yes we have had the honor of hatching our own eggs and those that we got from friends. I say honored because we feel very honored to have witnessed most of them being born!! What a miracle to watch!

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  16. Suzi Fire is ALWAYS hatching chicks...

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  17. I've never hatched chickens personally but we did in school as a science project. I'm not sure where the chicks went after that....hope not to the cafeteria!

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  18. I've never hatched a chick, but I've delivered a lot of foals and a calf or two. I hope to have my own farm someday and then I'll have chickens. I did subscribe to your blog and want to thank you for the opportunity to win a subscription to Mother Earth News.

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  19. I am a hatching addict! I'm so glad I have people to hatch out for, other wise I'd have 1,000,000 chicks :)

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  20. I am a hatching addict! I'm so glad I have people to hatch out for, otherwise I'd have 1,000,000 chickens (and counting).

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  21. Christina Hall10/6/12, 11:21 PM

    I haven't hatched any chicks...yet! I'm trying to convince hubby to build me a coop! I'm the mean time, i'm building my knowledge on having them. :)

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  22. I have never hatched a chick,but it seems like a wonderful experience, love all the great info you have on chicken keeping ,has helped me alot since I am a new chicken mom..thank you ....

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  23. I have never hatched a chick but it sounds like a great experience,all of your info on your page has helped me alot since I am a new chicken mom..so far we are all doing fine..thank you for all your help

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  24. I have been raising chickens for 31 years and we have gotten chicks in the mail and have hatched them in the house and by our own hens, the best way.I have heard a story of a woman carrying eggs in her bra and hatching chicks! LOL !! We love our birds!

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  25. I have been raising chickens for 31 years and I have let the kids hatch a few eggs over the years .It is fun for them. We have also gotten them in the mail and of course we have our own hens, too.We love our birds!

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  26. I have never hatched chicks before but I would love to!!!

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  27. Subscribed. Not allowed to have chickens where I am now, but plan to have some when I move! (eventually!) Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  28. I`ve hatched chiks for the first time this summer. Now it`s a bit off season where I live (Norway) but I`ll probably hatch some Wyandotte eggs in a couple of weeks. Love, love, love the exiting waiting, candling and the hatching.
    Lisa, Norway.

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  29. I forgot to mention I now subscribe to your blog via email, hoping to win the subscription to Mother earth.
    Lisa, Norway.

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  30. I have never hatched eggs. Only watched at a fair years ago.

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  31. have never hatched eggs before, but would love to

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  32. have never hatched eggs, but would love to give it a try

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  33. I've hatched 8 so far next year I plan to hatch a TON

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  34. I've hatched 8 but next year I'm going to hatch out much much more

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  35. I have a Brinsea, too. I haven't hatched chicks out yet but will be soon along with Guineas. :)

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  36. I have a Brinsea, too. I haven't hatched eggs out yet, but plan on soon along with Guinea eggs. :)

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  37. I have hatched a number of chicks. It is both a great experience and one that is quite challenging and at times disappointing.
    It's disappointing because so many of the eggs do not hatch, whether it is because of shipping, lack of fertility, lack of consistency of the incubator or human error. However, in the moments when they do hatch it is an incredible experience.
    I remember hearing that first chirping coming from the egg before it hatches and then watching that little life pecks its way into our world. Watch them dry and get strong and grow feathers and then experiencing that first egg they lay. It is a great way to experience the circle of life.
    Thanks for your great blog!

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  38. I have never hatched eggs before, but would like to try. I just worry about what I would do with the cockerels......

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  39. Esther Widgren10/7/12, 2:58 PM

    I've never hatched chicks but I'm eager to give it a whirl one of these days....Perhaps next spring? :-)

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  40. never had a chance to hatch babies, afraid I would hurt them., But love them!

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  41. I've never hatched eggs. As a kid, I used to gather them from my great uncle's coop for. I would like to learn and get back to that way of life soon! I am looking forward to learning from all of you!

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  42. I have never hatched my own, but that's our next step in addictedhood. My children were lucky enough to hatch Icelandics in school at the end of the year last year and we decided to keep two and Man we loved these birds. We have become "Those crazy Chicken people""""We have learned so much by reading your posts/blogs/ page...everyday and our chickens are happier "KIDS" because of it. Thank you for everything you do.

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  43. oh boy, I posted an entire comment and I think it was deleted. I will say that I never hatched my own, It's next on my list in the spring. I learn so much from you every day and enjoy your posts and your page!!!!!My children have become very responsible young people all because of chickening. We love our babies and it is very addicting and we currently have two icelandics which the kids hatched at school. They are an awesome breed. So Loving and affectionate. Spring can;t get here fast enough to hatch some of our own!!!! Thank you for everything, grateful addicted chickener

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  44. I have hatched chicks many times, some may say I am a hatch-a-holic. ;p

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  45. I didn't hatch the chicks, but I bought some fertilized eggs for one of my broody hens to hatch. Seven out of eight hatched and did very well! It was a joy to watch the momma with her babies. I was lucky I only had two Roos in the bunch. I sold one of them with a hen, and still have all the rest. They're Jersey Giants and the too I kept is huge now! I love telling everyone he was an egg when I got him. We're up to 56 chickens now, with five new SLW due to arrive next week. Chicken math! (: thanks for the give away! I lone Mother Earth News!

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  46. we haven't hatched chicks yet, but we have a rooster and 11 hens. if no one goes broody by spring we will probably try incubating.

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  47. Yes we have hatched many chicks thru the years. The first ones we hatched was from a friend who gave us some blue colored eggs and an old incubator to hatch them.

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  48. No, I have not had the opportunity to do any hatching.

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  49. I have never hatched eggs before. We hope to get our first chickens this month. Your blog has been a wealth of knowledge, thank you for sharing! Thank you for the opportunity to win a subscription to Mother Earth News, I have been eying it and love their website!

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    1. Congratulations Tami! You have won the Mother Earth News subscription!

      Please email me with your address and last name: Kathy@The-Chicken-Chick.com

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    2. Oh my goodness, I'm so excited!! Thank you so much!!

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  50. I've never hatched any eggs, but I got some chicks from my daughter for mother's day one year and they provided dozens of fresh eggs for us for years!!

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  51. One day I will get an incubator. You are such an inspiration! Thank you for linking up to the blog hop again.~Melissa

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  52. great looking chicks!  

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  53. Can't do the hatching thing.  I would want to keep everyone of them.  I don't have room for 500 chickens.  LOL

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  54. You are my heroine, I hope one day to be even half the chicken mom that you are!

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  55. Moira O'Crotty12/7/12, 12:54 PM

    GRIT AND YOUR BLOG ALWAYS HAVE GREAT TIPS AND SO MUCH MORE KNOWLEDGE THAN I HAVE. THANKS SO MUCH FOR MAKING IT ALL EASIER

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  56. Love your Blog and Grit Magazine

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  57. Something to look forward to! One day I'll hatch some eggs (I hope).

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  58. I understand the hatching addiction!!  I often have eggs in the incubator or am at least thinking about hatching some.  Love your blog!

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  59. Your knowledge is amazing, and has helped me so much.  You are an inspiration!

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  60. Your knowledge has helped me so much, you are an inspriation! Thank you!

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  61. I enjoy hatching chicks also but must get a better incubator.  Will enjoy following your hatch.

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  62. I can't wait to see the up coming posts and follow you on your hatching journey!

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  63. That was such a cute story.  We began 14 years ago when my daughter, who was in 2nd grade, brought home the chicks that hatched in her classroom.

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  64. I wish I didn't live in town I so would  incubate... hmmm would love the grit mag. :-)

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  65.  Enjoy hatching but am not fond of Roos. Great pics! Would love to win the books!

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  66. I too need to get an incubator as we got all out chickens as peeps just after Easter last year, & those the hawks & coons haven't killed we would love to have our own babies from who we have left than more peeps from the feed store.

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  67. First time having chickens started them from eggs and I had 2 hatch and 1 working on it love your blog have learned so much and gotten so man ideas!

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  68. First time having chickens started them from eggs and I had 2 hatch and 1 working on it love your blog have learned so much and gotten so man ideas!

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  69. I love chickens! I just love them all!

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  70. It is SO great to finally find someone who loves chickens as much as we do!

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  71. joely pentlow12/7/12, 3:30 PM

    I have helped a friend hatch chicks.  It's amazing to watch new life come in to the world and grow up to be beautiful birds.  Great article.

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  72. very interesteing, have been wanting  an incubator , will hopefully be getting one this year

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  73. Alta Ulrich12/7/12, 5:49 PM

    I cannot wait till my barred rock grows up to be as beautiful as the ones in these pictures! Beautiful birds. How many do you have total? 

    Thanks for the opportunity to win the Grit Special Edition magazines. Those would make an awesome addition in my house. 

    alta dot ulrich at gmail dot com

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  74. Wow, that must be the path to "crazy chicken lady" status that a lot of us have followed!  I got an incubator and put the x's on them and turned them by hand.  Next year I got the automatic turner.  My husband has tweaked my incubator to make it to my satisfaction since then!  I call my incubator eggs, "lottery eggs" because you never know what is going to come out!  Some of our mutt chickens are the cutest!

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  75. I am your newest follower, thanks! I am excited about the drawing, these are such great books.

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  76. TheChickenChick12/7/12, 7:29 PM

    Hi Lynnie and welcome! Thanks for joining me and good luck in the giveaway!

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  77. TheChickenChick12/7/12, 7:30 PM

    I hear ya, Jennifer, it's addictive!

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  78. TheChickenChick12/7/12, 7:31 PM

    I have around 50+ birds and two incubators full of egglets! :)

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  79. TheChickenChick12/7/12, 7:31 PM

    Good for you, Sherri! Hatching is SOOO much fun!

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  80. TheChickenChick12/7/12, 7:32 PM

    Thanks Joely. :)

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  81. TheChickenChick12/7/12, 7:33 PM

    Thanks for participating in the giveaway, Leslie and good luck!

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  82. can't wait to start my flock! 

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  83. TheChickenChick12/7/12, 7:41 PM

    Gwen, if you look to the top or bottom of this post, you will see all 8 parts of the hatch-along. ;)

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  84. TheChickenChick12/7/12, 7:41 PM

    Thanks Nancy. It began innocently enough, didn't it. :)

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  85. TheChickenChick12/7/12, 7:41 PM

    Thanks Joy!

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  86. TheChickenChick12/7/12, 7:42 PM

    Stacy, go for the Brinsea bators, they're the best!

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  87. TheChickenChick12/7/12, 7:42 PM

    Thank you Stephanie. ♥

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  88. TheChickenChick12/7/12, 7:43 PM

    I'm excited for you!

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  89. TheChickenChick12/7/12, 7:43 PM

    Thank you Erica. :)

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  90. TheChickenChick12/7/12, 7:43 PM

    Thank you!

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  91. TheChickenChick12/7/12, 7:43 PM

    That's nice of you to say, Moira. Happy to help!

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  92. TheChickenChick12/7/12, 7:44 PM

    Aww, that's really sweet, Kitty. Thank you. ♥

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  93. TheChickenChick12/7/12, 7:44 PM

    I hear ya!

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  94. TheChickenChick12/7/12, 7:44 PM

    Thanks!

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  95. Rachel Dennis12/7/12, 8:27 PM

    I've wanted these magazines for a while I just keep forgetting to get them somewhere, great giveaway.

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  96. I mis-read your opening statement as, "I ordered my first frozen baby chicks..." 

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  97. TheChickenChick12/8/12, 10:07 PM

    LOL, that'd be really wrong. :o

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  98. I would love to try the soap on the giveaway!

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  99. Nol Allen here...I am sooo close to having my new chicks at home! It will be wonderful!

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  100. I love hatching eggs!  
    Thanks for the giveaway.. I'd love to try their soaps

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  101. Great post as always, and thanks for another great giveaway!!

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  102. llamachicks2/23/13, 9:16 PM

    Love all your articles and information.  Getting ready for my first chicks this spring.

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  103. Enjoying your postings very much! Thank you!

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  104. Hey Chicken Chick! Thanks for being such a great blogger! I entered the Hog Wash Soap contest. I LOVE home made soaps! There is a gal not far from us who makes soaps that get frothier as they age!

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  105. I think we all need a support group!!

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  106.  wouldn't it be fun if someone was washing their hands and said what's this amazing soap and you could reply "oh that's just hogwash" lol

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  107. nihil.obstat2/23/13, 9:26 PM

    I so want to try the apple soap. <3

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  108. I love your site. I look forward to your fb posts & share quite a few of them. Thanks for making each day a little brighter.

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  109. Denise @ SpareChangeChic Colli2/23/13, 9:35 PM

    I love the cute label on the Hog Wash Soap.

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  110. nihil.obstat2/23/13, 9:36 PM

    Holly Vandiver

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  111. I have liked their page. Would love to win the soap!

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  112. This blog has been so helpful to me but especially to my gorgeous ladies! Urban farming is so much more enjoyable. thank you for what you do

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  113. This blog has been so helpful to me but especially to my gorgeous ladies! Urban farming is so much more enjoyable. thank you for what you do

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  114. I totally understand the addiction of hatching eggs!!!!!!

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  115. Hatching eggs sounds like fun. Lets get started.

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  116. I am a huge fan of yours :)

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  117. Oh wow, first, I am loving your hatch reports! Second, that soap!!! They have a LILAC scented one (too early in the year for that I think). I would love to win soap:)

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  118. Always so much fun to read your experiences. Would really like the Hog Wash Soaps

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  119. Loved watching the hatch-along! Maybe we'll get brave and try hatching some of our own! In the meantime, winning homemade soap might suffice!

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  120. I love soaps like Hogwash! Thanks, Kathy, for sharing so much of what you do!

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  121. Always love your chicken pics and I would love to win the Hog Wash Soap :)

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  122. I follow your blog, and am EGGcited about this fun giveaway! thanks!

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  123. Another day, another contest! Thanks for the fun!

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  124. Never had a chance to try the Hogwash soaps, but the name is great! Please enter me in the give away!

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  125. I love all the pictures, cant wait to read the rest of this series.
     

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  126. Cool contests. Karen Schapker

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  127. LOVE, LOVE good soap! I have never tried this one and would love too!! :) Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  128. So excited to have found your blog. now i will have some what of an idea on what to do with chickens lol

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  129. Looks like and interesting blog with losts of great info!

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  130. Need this!! Thanks for all the great stuff!

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  131. Awesome giveaway and cant wait for the rest! I also have a barred rock that we thought was a girl but is a boy! :D

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  132. Love your blog. I clicked on enter with facebook and no entry appeared.
    What am I doing wrong.

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  133. Absolutely love this blog! Love that you buckled the eggs in; that is so me!

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  134. I need to win! It will be my birthday week!

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  135. I look forward to your comments and article every day... Hope i win...LOL!

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  136. Beth Burnham4/11/13, 9:16 PM

    It finally let me enter the contest!! Yay!!

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  137. Jeanine Apuron4/12/13, 10:54 AM

    Would like to win this, not comparable to a flashlight and toilet paper roll. LOL

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  138. I could sure put this to use

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  139. Thank you for all the information. You are doing wonderful work here!

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  140. Can't wait to see if I won!

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  141. I've been hoping for something that works to candle darker/colored eggs! (mothercluckingfarms@yahoo.com)

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  142. Lori McKenzie4/17/13, 10:15 PM

    I tried to enter but only a blank page opens

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  143. This is too much fun! I just got my Brinsea Mini Eco Incubator in the mail yesterday and it is sitting beside me for a trial run. I hope to set some of my own eggs this weekend. I am definitely going back to read all of your "hath-a-long" blogs! Would love to win the ovascope!!!

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  144. I would sooo Love to win this. Thank you for all the great things you post!

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  145. I am getting my new incubator next week!

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  146. I would LOVE this! I have "hatching fever"...LOL!

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  147. Oh my. I have a silky on eggs at present, not really sure if she is broody or they are fertile. I was sure we had no roosters in the house!! Maybe we have sexed one of them wrongly, sure hope we have - I would love some new babies. Would love to win!!!

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  148. Thanks for all the great info! We are new to this and need all the help we can get!

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  149. Love your blog!

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  150. You have the best giveaways!

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  151. Jackie Humphrey4/18/13, 7:16 AM

    Thanks, again, Kathy for having such a great blog and inviting us into the world of chickens!! And thanks, too, for another great contest!! <3

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  152. I am so looking forward to hatching my own chicks and this scope would make it really wonderful!

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  153. Can't get the form to come up

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  154. I would love one of these! The hatching bug has bitten!

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  155. Jeanine Apuron4/19/13, 5:02 PM

    Would like to win this, not comparable to a flashlight and toilet paper roll. LOL

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  156. Lori McKenzie4/19/13, 6:25 PM

    It still wont let me enter :(

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  157. Gina Lunsford4/19/13, 6:42 PM

    I've hatched three sets of eggs in the incubator. I love it!

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  158. Gina Lunsford4/19/13, 6:44 PM

    I've hatched eggs in the incubator three times so far. I love it!

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  159. Darlene Beckett Anderson6/9/13, 11:46 PM

    wow, super fun and the information will be great! never hatched chicks before.

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  160. karen nicholson/middleville,MI8/22/13, 1:33 PM

    Kathy, lets get cracking.. I would love to see how its done,so I can do it myself one day. I it will be interesting. I'm so eggcited I could just hatch to .

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  161. Ok I feel like an idiot asking this but this is our first time having chickens. We would love to expand and hatch our own. Well we have two roosters and egg laying hens. We collect eggs daily. Can we just grab the freshly laid eggs and put them in an incubator and wait for them to hatch or am I wrong... I really need to do my research bc I feel like an idiot asking this. We haven't yet got an incubator yet but we are going to though. We have brown egg layers as well as white. I just dont want to go and buy an incubator if I have to buy already fertile eggs and have them shipped.

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  162. Would love to share this would my 14 year old daughter! We have been saving eggs!!

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  163. Patty Simmons1/31/14, 9:29 PM

    I hatched for the first time last year and loved it! I did more than a few of my hens did. The sneaky girls got their way with some eggs! Can't wait to hatch more this year! Is Petunia a barred Plymouth rock?

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  164. TheChickenChick1/31/14, 9:36 PM

    Petunia was a Barred Rock rooster! :D

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  165. Wow that is absolutely wonderful !!!

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  166. Jackie Moore Maphis2/1/14, 8:05 AM

    my first batch of home hatched. 4 lil auracanas.

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  167. TheChickenChick2/1/14, 11:27 PM

    If I understand your question correctly, yes, you can hatch the eggs from your backyard hens that have mated with your rooster.

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  168. 😃I have learned SO MUCH from Kathy, and her GREAT BLOG! Thank you, Kathy, I am " hooked " , also! ... Happy Birthday!

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  169. Patricia Ann Manz Fain3/14/14, 7:35 PM

    Awesome! I'm just finishing day 3 of my first try at hatching. I have 12 Frizzle eggs and two surprise eggs! I can't wait for the first candling. The breeder was Extremly helpful and saved me from at least a dozen Newbie mistakes - this journey couldn't have come at a better time! Thanks!

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  170. TheChickenChick3/14/14, 7:59 PM

    Awesome!

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  171. TheChickenChick3/14/14, 7:59 PM

    Thanks Judy!

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  172. Pamela Lepper3/14/14, 8:30 PM

    I would Really Really love to win one.... Kathy I love your blog and gave been wanting to increase my Buckeye family!!!!

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  173. Got to love the newbies!!!! Thank you!

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  174. Mar101@&amp;4/1/14, 2:39 PM

    I love chicks in these pics

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  175. Did you all see the face reflected in the pic of a hatching chick? Wild looking and cool photo Kathy!!

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  176. TheChickenChick4/23/14, 10:12 PM

    That's my baby girl. :)

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  177. Love the pics!!! :)

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  178. Who doesn't love chicks.

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  179. So cute... My Lohman are attacking my black and white girls? Any idea how to stop that behaviour

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