Caring for injured chicks can be challenging, mainly because most people who raise chickens are not familiar with what to do after an injury. Fortunately, chicks are very resilient and are able to heal easily from many traumas. There are several precautions that must be taken when caring for chicks. The first thing to remember when handling them is to wear gloves. This is to protect yourself from any diseases carried by the chick and to eliminate the risk of infecting the injury. [Read more...]
The urban ranching movement is becoming more popular every year. As consumers look to avoid growth hormones and genetically modified stock on one hand, and those looking to be more self-sufficient on the other hand, city-dwellers are looking for ways to avoid going to the supermarket. Laws regarding domesticated animals are being rewritten in towns throughout the United States in order to allow city-dwellers to keep and raise their own animals, especially chickens. [Read more...]
Regardless of the number of chickens or chicks you have, you will need to make use of a lot of bedding on the floor of the chicken coop. Bedding is an essential component of keeping the chickens both healthy and happy. On the floor of the coop, chick bedding serves to absorb urine, droppings and odor and this enables the environment of the chickens to be sanitary and have a fresh smell. In addition, it provides material for a soft landing for candling chicken eggs. [Read more...]
If you are planning on incubating eggs any time soon, then you need to learn about candling chicken eggs and how you can keep track of the incubation progress. A high powered LED light is used to monitor the progress of incubation and will help you in spotting embryo viability, moisture and any other details that affect the hatching. [Read more...]
How it all Begins
If you are interested in incubating and hatching eggs, then a rudimentary understanding of the fertilization process will, no doubt, be beneficial. The whole fertilization process begins with the production of an oocyte, otherwise known as a yolk, which is formed in the hen’s ovary during ovulation. The yolk then travels down the oviduct where it is fertilized. From that point, the process becomes somewhat more complicated if not complex. [Read more...]
An incubator or hatcher is essential for successful hatching of fertile quail eggs artificially. It is essential that the temperature, humidity, light and ventilation are monitored regularly. In short, the success of artificial incubation and hatching methods depends on how close to natural an environment you can create in the absence of the mother quail.
The hatching quail eggs are gathered and placed in the incubator carefully. A quail egg with a hard shell is considered fertile. The date should be marked on the eggs with a non toxic pen as they are placed in the incubator. [Read more...]
Domesticated for hundreds of years, chickens have been the single most prominent contributors to the industry of poultry farming. Numerous breeds of chicken have been classified on the basis of their size, egg color, plumage color, earlobe color, skin color, feathering, place of origin and many more distinguishing attributes. They are also classified according to their utilities like providing flesh, eggs or ones that serve dual purposes. Some of them are also bred purely for ornamental purposes. [Read more...]
Pheasants are kinds of birds that are often hunted and bred, and thus are called game birds. Their eggs are preserved for selling on wholesale or retail prices to restaurants and customers. These days, people can easily buy hatching pheasant eggs at home in incubators that suit the needs and requirements of the eggs and consist of the right temperatures required for hatching them.
One can easily obtain eggs from a reliable breeder before starting with the job of hatching pheasant eggs, and they are not very costly either. Farmers that raise a small amount of these birds find that by buying eggs or a day old birds they do away with the need of caring for adult birds all through the laying season. In this way they are able to obtain groups of pheasants at one time and the numbers of tools required are also reduced to a great extent. [Read more...]
Gamefowl is a common name for a class of birds that include turkeys, chickens, pheasants, quails and grouse. They are also referred to by different names such as gamebirds, galliforms or landfowl. There are currently 250 species existing in different parts of the world. Gamefowl hatching eggs is big business in many parts of the world. Breeding gamefowl is no easy task and requires a lot of attention to the task. This has evolved as a profession because of the need for fighting cocks and this market is extremely lucrative. Though this was the original need, many places consider cock fighting illegal and hence today, these eggs are purchased for rearing the birds as pets, for show and for breeding. [Read more...]
Why Turkey Eggs Aren’t Sold In The Store
Turkey eggs are typically used for hatching poults, or baby turkeys. Therefore, hatching eggs of this type is more prudent than, say, selling them commercially as hens lay far more eggs per year. While the turkey only lays about 100 eggs during a timeframe of 30 weeks, hens lay as many as 300 eggs annually. As a result, it just makes more sense to produce hen eggs for consumption. Nevertheless, hatching eggs, such as turkey eggs, is no doubt appreciated by consumers when the poults develop into full-fledged turkeys, especially around the holidays, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas. [Read more...]
Peafowls are distant relatives of the pheasants. The male peafowl is called the peacock. It has a bright colored plumage which differentiates it from the pheasants. The female is called the peahen and it lays approximately 28 eggs in a year. Peacock eggs are normally laid during April on alternate days.
Peacock eggs can be hatched either naturally or artificially. The natural method is not commercially viable as the peahen will be able to hatch only a limited number of eggs. [Read more...]
Just like chicken eggs, ducks eggs can also be artificially hatched without the presence of a mother duck. All you need is an appropriate incubator with proper temperature and humidity settings. You can even build a duck egg incubator at home. Any enclosed place or box that can maintain heat and humidity can be used as an incubator for hatching duck eggs. Otherwise, purchase an incubator that suits your hatching needs. [Read more...]
Hatching eggs is not a difficult or complex procedure. The best way to hatch a chicken egg is to let it happen naturally. In this natural process known as setting, a broody hen sits on eggs for days in order to keep them warm until they are ready to hatch.
In the absence of a hen at home, you can use an egg incubator to do job of a mother hen. The incubator helps maintain the warmth of the chicken eggs and thereby helps the embryo develop. [Read more...]
There are a few important factors that one must take into consideration while hatching eggs in an incubator. The first step in this process is to select right hatching chicken eggs. It is advisable to choose eggs from the hens that are capable of producing fertile eggs and have not had any disturbances during their mating session.
The eggs meant for hatching should be clean, healthy, and without any cracks or holes in the shells. Never wash or wipe hatching eggs as washing and wiping can damage the natural protective covering of the egg and thereby make it more vulnerable to disease causing organisms. Eggs with cracked shells are also prone to getting infected. [Read more...]