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Newly hatched chickens
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Leslie    Posted 05-23-2004 at 16:20:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Anyone out there have experience in checking eggs for fertilization? I have a brooding chicken that has been on the nest for 14 days. Also any advice once they are hatched? They are up on a shelf and will be with the other chickens who can be aggressive. Help, I want them to be safe! Thanks...

joel    Posted 05-24-2004 at 11:38:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
in a dark room, hold the eggs up to a flashlight and you should be able to see the chicks, blood vessels in the egg, etc. If they are infertile, they will look more clear. After looking at a few, you will be able to tell the difference easily at 14 days. You can use a grocery store egg (infertile) for comparison if you are unsure.

Why bother though, wait another week or so and you will know.

You can buy cheap incubators for chicken eggs. They are on e-bay all the time. Basicly a styrofoam container with a heat source. The incubator will probably give you a better hatch % and a more controled hatch than the hen.

Good luck.

dale anne    Posted 05-23-2004 at 19:12:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
welp hatching should be in 21 days...I would take the chicks off the hen once hatched and put them in a brooder box...can also use one of them under the bed containers with lid:::clear kind::: cut a square hole on one side and screw chicken wire over hole fer ventalation...on the other side of lid cut whole so brooder light[top part near the cord] can fit.....snap on lid....nice warm and safe fer yer chicks....I have bout 40 chicks right now in 2 of them containers...water and feed of course...having no problems at all....when and if you do move them for the first hour just give them water with a lil sugar in it fer them a lil kick in the pants...feed is chick starter from yer local co-op...get the medicated yer chicks grow...good luck...dale anne..ohh yeah...need to be cleaned at least 1 time a day...put down news paper and 2 inches of litter...can be wood shreds or shredded and white paper only no color paper......dale anne

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