This insightful guide of how to hatch homesteading chicken eggs with an incubator makes the 3 week process of hatching fertile eggs by following a few guiding principles. Chicken eggs need a specific environment of a steady temperature and humidity to hatch successfully. Eggs need to be moved around on a regular basis for successful development, at least twice a day.
Candling is a process that allows you to determine whether your chicken eggs are developing correctly after seven to 10 days of incubation. Look for a yolk and growing blood vessels to indicate that the egg was fertilized and in the early stages of development.
Once the chicks hatch, leave them in the incubator for a day or two before moving the chicks to the brooder. They will benefit from a warm environment, making an easier transition with a stronger immune system and a full belly.
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