BABY CHICKS HATCH: Our First Hatching

     

We have a broody cochin hen who wants to hatch out some eggs! We give her 8 Silver Gray Dorking eggs to hatch and take you along as we show you how to build a broody chicken coop. Will they hatch? Follow us homesteaders on our off grid farming journey!

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22 thoughts on “BABY CHICKS HATCH: Our First Hatching

  1. Brian White

    Does a broody hen quit laying her own eggs at some point, deciding "Okay, that's enough to set on." Do you think these hatchlings are all hers, or might another hen have sneaked one in before you marked them? Will you keep a record of clutch sizes for each broody hen, either for future planning, or curiosity? Nice to see your flock increase.

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  2. Paul Nixon

    Toblerone profile chick house is excellent design, Jeremy ! Simplest to build but very effective plan, warm floor because its raised planks -simple easy access to nest box – only 3 main planes to build the whole unit; two sides and a floor, plus 2 small ends, and low timber 6" high walls to keep chicks safe away from mesh, and warm, plus tarp thrown over to weather proof it !

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  3. Mike Albert

    hahah "NOOO" HAHA, not sure if miss broody would survive man's wrath of sticks being thrown at them if it were not for the human Mrs. hahaha, , , ,how barbaric, hahah,

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  4. diane hall

    What fun. First chicks! I incubated hundreds of duck and goose eggs. Sometimes I let a goose sit on a clutch of eggs. But they don't see all that well and can accidently step on their goslings. But the whole tribe of adult geese will protect and raise those babies!

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  5. Paul Nixon

    That Cochin Broody Mama hen is an INCUBATION MACHINE !  – 100% hatching success rate in winter with sporadic snowfalls, is a very impressive tally !

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  6. Paul Nixon

    Thanks for great info, Jamie – you have answered a bunch of questions I was wondering about. – Also wondering; 30 minutes off the nest for Broody Mama to feed seems long enough for the eggs to go cold – can you please explain about incubation prerequisites too ?

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  7. grizz270

    hearin roosters crow and chickens cluck on video even at the most inopportune times is country music at its finest ….i like yur thoughts on lettin the broodin hen hatch them …thats what i do to for the most part but i have a high mortality rate …i gotta git a better system in place for them and i do hope to do so this year ….you plan on doin any more live streems ? i hope so!

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