Sunday, November 18, 2018

Watch A Chicken Hatch – April 2009

Our first try at hatching chicks ourselves! Hatch was on April 4th, 2009. Thought this video would be a good reference to those of you deciding to incubate your own eggs and not knowing what to expect on hatch day. They don’t hatch fluffy. Chicks are usually wet with some of the innards of the eggs still attached. Don’t touch them! The gooey stuff drops off on its own. I know the peeps look terrible when they first hatch, but soon gain coordination, as they dry. Hatching is very tiring for the chick. I had an 80% success rate for this first hatch – a very good rate. Much conflicting info online, so here what we did with great results: 1. Make sure your incubator is up and running at temperature for at least 12 hours before you add eggs. Do not wash eggs before incubation. 2. Invest in an egg turner. It was the best money we’ve spent. Otherwise, mark an “X” on one side of the egg, and an “O” on the other. Turn the eggs at least four times a day. The markings help you keep track of your turning. 3. Keep the incubator temp at 99 to 101 degrees Farenheit at the top of the eggs. Do this by placing the thermometer on the top of the eggs. 4. Two weeks in, check that the incubator temp is stable. The growing chicks create their own body heat as they develop, so it may be necessary to adjust the temp down a bit to compensate. 5. Three days before hatch, remove the eggs from the turner and do not turn them; the chicks need to orient themselves in the shell. 6. Three days before


13 Responses to “Watch A Chicken Hatch – April 2009”
  1. sainegve says:

    soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cute lol

  2. thuantranlon says:

    cool! 😀

  3. CLWeld says:

    @feugrel22 … Yes, this was done in an incubator. 🙂

  4. CLWeld says:

    @111im222 … Sorry for the delay! It sounds like the egg you found is rotten. Best to throw it away, or, if it’s small enough, flush it. Make sure to wash your hands very well ofter handling the egg. Unfortunately, not knowing what bird this egg belongs to, one cannot know the proper temperature range for hatching. Also, depending upon where you live, possessing an egg of a protected species – even a songbird – is illegal. I’m sorry I couldn’t help you more.

  5. 111im222 says:

    hi i need some help!!! well we found an egg on the roof coverd in leaves so we decided to take it to our house.put it in a card board box with heaps of material. we also shone a really big light on it! all of this yelow stuff is like melting down it and it smells…what do i do!! someone tell me A.S.A.P

  6. CLWeld says:

    All survived. However, we had a large number of cockerels (roosters), so we had to cull them. Out of the 19, we had 10 males. We kept one male, and have the 9 females left. They are looking great and should be going into lay very soon! EGGS! 🙂

  7. xM4ll0RYxCl4R3x826x says:

    how many chicks are still living today?

  8. VOVKARFRC says:


  9. CLWeld says:

    Typo! We had an 80% hatch.  Sorry!

  10. CLWeld says:

    We had 19 hatch. 90% of the eggs. Not bad! 🙂

  11. VOVKARFRC says:

    how many did you get hatched?

  12. CLWeld says:

    Yes, this was done in a still air incubator by Hovabator. The chicks are now about 5 weeks old and doing great! I hope you enjoyed the video. 🙂

  13. feugrel22 says:

    wuz this done in an incubator?