The Beginner’s Guide to Incubation

This guide is intended to help people new to incubation learn how to properly incubate and hatch eggs.
It will walk you through how to incubate and hatch most common types of poultry, such as chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese, etc.  Read Article

by: Backyard Chickens
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Taking Chicken Keeping a Step Further, Candling Eggs

Are you still in the dark about candling eggs?  This article will walk you through it with descriptive and detailed pics. Or, you can be lazy like me and just wait to see if your eggs hatch!
These informative articles will help you to better understand the candling of eggs.
So you’ve got chooks and a rooster and you want some chicks. But how do you know if the rooster is doing his job? The way to check eggs to see if they are fertile is called “candling”.  Continue Reading

by Jono’s Urban Farm

More Help: Candling Eggs Progression Through Incubation :
There are some particular detailed signs to look for at all stages of growth

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Why Hens Leave the Nest After Laying an Egg

A Hen Knows Best…

Buff Orpington, Docile, Often Broody

Chickens never lay more than one egg per day. If the eggs are not collected, and a sufficient number of eggs are allowed to remain in the nest, the hen may stop laying eggs and start brooding. When the hen leaves the nest after laying an egg, it cools which suspends the development of the embryo inside.
If the temperature remains between 45F and 65F, the embryos will remain viable for as long as two weeks. When the hen becomes broody and sits on her eggs for three weeks, all of the eggs will hatch at about the same time. This is why it is normal for the hen to leave the nest after laying.
Remember, not all hens will sit on eggs…ever. However, some breeds have very strong tendencies to become broody or be inclined to incubate eggs.
Here are a Few Common Broody Breeds
Buff Orpingtons
Light Brahmas
Dark Cornish
Buff Rocks
Buff Brahmas
Cuckoo Marans
Cochin Bantams
Cornish Bantams

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