Oct 7, 2012

Autumn Chicks

Hatching baby chicks is addicting, however, I never had any intention of hatching eggs in an incubator. In fact, throughout all the research I did concerning chicken-keeping before my first dozen chicks arrived, I paid no attention to any incubation or hatching information.“Why would anyone go to all that trouble of fiddling with temperature and humidity in an incubator when baby chicks can simply be purchased?” I wondered. My foray into chicken-keeping was a mere five months old when that question was answered for me. 

 Hatch-along with The Chicken Chick
Part 2, Roosters, Broodies and Incubator Basics
Part 3: Hatching Eggs
Part 4: Candling
Part 5, Be Prepared, Chicks Happen.
Part 6, The Longest Week 
 Part 7, Lockdown
Part 8, Hatch Day


  1. The chicks are adorable:) So cute I just want to hold one.

  2. I'd like to hatch some eggs this spring. What is your opinion on buying hatching eggs from eBay, Craig’s List, or local farmer? I’d like to get some black copper marans, and they aren’t available locally. Where do you get your hatching eggs?

  3. Hi Kathy,
    Well, I’m happy to announce_  I'm expecting! ...14 blue splash marans hatching eggs by Friday 3-1-13. I have read your 8pt hatching series multiple, multiple, multiple times. I hope I’m ready!!! Two questions, you have mentioned that the eggs should rest on the counter for 24hrs prior to placing them into the incubator. What is the purpose of this “resting time”? I keep my house at 62 degrees and am wondering what effect this will have on the resting eggs. Will the 62 degrees be OK? OR, should I increase my house temp?

  4. TheChickenChick3/3/13, 8:12 PM

    LOL. Eggciting! The resting is for shipped eggs to allow the air cells to settle. 62°F is perfect temp while the eggs wait to go in the bator.

  5. I Love the hen you are holding in this picture. I have one that I hatched this Spring, she looks just like yours and she is my baby and loves to coddle.

  6. Could use any or all of these prizes. Thanks