It’s very easy to hatch your own chicks at home or in school. There are two ways of doing this, firstly with a broody hen that will sit on eggs or secondly with an egg incubator. In this article I’m going to cover how to hatch chicks in an egg incubator as it’s sometimes more practical to use than a real life broody hen.
Hatching chicks in an egg incubator allows for the entire process to be seen, right from the very first stage of setting the eggs to the final stage of seeing the chick emerge from the egg. Seeing a live chick emerge from a shell is an amazing sight, for young and old to see.
An egg incubator is a machine that keeps the eggs nice and warm for the entire incubation process, which in the case of chickens is 21 days. We have eggs incubator and full incubation starter packs available, with quick delivery to anywhere in Ireland. Details on these are at the bottom of the page.
Once the fertile eggs are placed in the incubator the incubation process begins. Here is a short video we made to show how the process works using one of our egg incubators. At day 10 it’s possible to use an egg candler to look inside the eggs to see the chick developing and moving. Amazing!
The process takes three weeks, from a regular egg to a full developed chick. Once the eggs are placed in the incubator they will begin to develop into a chick. Here is a great video that shows the entire process.
Hatching your own chicks is very easy and if you need back-up advice we are more than happy to help.
You can find out more about our egg incubators and incubation starter packs here.