Hatching Chicken Eggs – What You Need to Get Started

Hatching chickens eggs

If you raise your own chickens, you’ve probably considered expanding your flock at some point – I surely have. Of course, the easiest way to add to your backyard flock is to purchase new chicks in a specialized store. However, this is not the only option – and way less fun. Hatching chicken eggs on your own is way more satisfactory and rewarding, and brings along numerous benefits.

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Why do chickens need light to lay eggs?

Chicken laying eggs on the ground

Having chickens in your backyard can be a real blessing, especially if you like collecting fresh eggs. However, the issue of how much light is needed to have effective egg laying is always a big question. Take your time and review the top FAQ about why do chickens need light to lay eggs.

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Chicken eggs layers FAQ: How often, what time and more

Chicken laying eggs on the ground

Like all other animals and birds, hens, too, like to raise their families and live with them. In the wild, they have all the freedom and time to lead their lives like any other ordinary bird. There is enough food that makes sure their bodies are fit and strong to go through the painful process of laying eggs.

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How do chickens get pregnant? (Hint: They don’t) all about “chicken pregnancy” – witch actually is something completely different

A rooster does not get chickens pregnant but they fertilize the eggs

If you’ve ever lived on a farm you might know the answer to this next question (or you might not); do chickens get pregnant? It’s a question that many have pondered for a very long time because, if you look at most animals, they do get pregnant and they do have babies. But chickens lay eggs all the time that don’t turn into baby chicks, which leaves many a person confused, especially people who want to purchase chickens to keep at home and lay eggs for them as food.

In this article, Do Chickens Get Pregnant? we’ll take a look at this conundrum and try to answer that question along with several others. We might not be able to tell you which came first, the chicken or the egg, but we will definitely tell you how hens make eggs, and how roosters are involved in the process, so read on and enjoy!

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Is owning chickens worth it and cost-effective?

Eggs in a tray - Are the okay for vegans?

One of the first questions people ask me when they hear I have a flock of chickens in my backyard is, “Are backyard chickens worth it?” Here are some other questions that I am asked and a number of reasons I give people who ask me.

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How many backyard chickens should I get? 1, 2, 3, 4…? How many is just right?

One of my chickens has worms

Can I get backyard chickens? How many backyard chickens should I get? Is it ok to start with a minimal number? So, you are planning to raise backyard chickens. But you are confused about the number and other requirements. I understand your confusion. In this article, we will help you to address all your queries so that you can decide with a well-informed mind.

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Are eggs from backyard chickens healthier? Yes and no – here’s why

Me wondering why are my chicken eggs not hatching

Eggs are such an integral part of daily life that there are facilities that focus on mass-producing such a commodity. These recent years and due to the exposed practices of egg producers, there’s a growing concern about the health impact of consuming mass-produced eggs. While most people would say that the jury is still out, there’s already a growing trend of producing eggs from your own backyard.

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Should you ever help a chick hatch? Doing more harm than good?

Helpless little baby chick in hands. Photo by Helena Lopes from Pexels

Keeping chickens as pets can be a great addition to your life and family, and like with all animals, it is essential that you know how to care for them correctly in all aspects. For some, a big part of raising chickens can be raising their chicks also, but how involved should you be when it comes time for a chick to hatch?

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What does pipped egg mean?

Pipped egg

A pipped egg refers to an egg that has been pecked out by a baby chick. When chicks break through their membrane, and then the eggshell itself, they start pecking little shell pieces out. The chick will be fully out of the egg within 24 hours of pipping. They keep pecking until eventually, they manage to form large cracks in the shell.

They keep pecking and they keep pecking until finally, at last, bits of eggshell begin to fall down. They do this until they are finally able to climb on out of their embryo and their egg. It is a lot of work for a little chick, but it must be done.

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