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! It’s a sure thing my way, if they hatch, they were fertile, if not…  they weren’t.  ha ha!

by Jono’s Urban Farm
Growing & eating small scale, local, ethical and sustainable produce.

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

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Why Hens Leave Fertile Nest Eggs Unattended

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.

Broody Tulip 4-18-14

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 breeds of 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 • Silkies • Cochins • Light Brahmas • Dark Cornish • Buff Rocks • Turkens •Buff Brahmas • Cuckoo Marans • Cochin Bantams • Cornish Bantams

Why Hens Leave the Nest After Laying an Egg

A Hen Knows Best…

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.

Orpington
Buff Orpington: friendly, docile, excellent layer, has broody tendencies

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
• Silkies
• Cochins
• Light Brahmas
• Dark Cornish
• Buff Rocks
• Turkens
•Buff Brahmas
• Cuckoo Marans
• Cochin Bantams
• Cornish Bantams

 

Rude Awakening

 

It’s a rough beginning for a chick hatched at a professional hatchery.
Wow, can’t even imagine how scary it must be to go through all this…