Yesterday we got 200 Meat Chicks!!!!! When you get meat hens, it is important to have the following thing already set up. Water, food, shavings, and a heat source. The chicks don’t know what water or food are yet, so it is important to dip their beaks in the water and food. Then put them under the heat lamp, heat pad, or heat table. You would also want to take a head count to make sure you were sent the right amount. You also check for Splay leg (Leg splayed out), Pasty Butt (Poop build up on the vent), and Weakness. Here are ours 🙂
Hi everyone, I started a very fun experiment: I am hatching eggs!!!! I spent this past week collecting eggs, assembling and testing the incubator. It has paid off, the incubator is running, the eggs are in, and now we wait!! There are 12 eggs, all barnyard mixes, in the incubator. It takes 21-27 days for an egg to hatch. Hatch date is 3/27/2021-4/2/2021. I will keep you posted about their formation and will post pictures of the candling.
Candling is a process that helps you determine if an egg is fertile. You put a flashlight up to an egg that has been in an incubator for at least 3 days. When you candle the egg you should see a little red “chick” starting to form. It is how you know its fertile and may hatch.
Here at H&H Poultry we quarantine our birds. Why? You don’t know if the chicken(s) has some sort of sickness. Keep them separated from the rest. Keep a close eye and look for any sneezing, coughing, nasal discharge, bubbles in the eye, leg mites, and mites. If they do have those symptoms keep them separated from your flock until it has been treated.
Gwen the Guinea Hen has an injury so we separated her from the rest of the flock.