When we talk about hobby farming, the first thing that comes to mind are chickens and chicks, due to their easy care, sociable nature, cortisol levels decrease in people, they do not require much space to create their habitat, you can feed them organic waste, promoting the circular economy, and last but not least, that they give us healthy eggs throughout the year. Therefore, chickens become the most attractive option for those who want to start practicing hobby farming at home.
As we get further into this practice, it will be normal for our group to start to grow, and although incubation is something that the hen could do by itself, carrying out artificial incubation will help us to have more success, which translates to greater number of chicks.
What we want to achieve is a greater number of births, and once we verify that the eggs are fertilized, we must comply with the 3 most important factors, temperature, humidity and rotation, achieving the balance between these three, the task is practically done by itself. Since the health of the group is in our hands, an important point to take into account is to position the eggs correctly. There are 2 successful ways to do it: horizontal with the tip slightly downwards, and vertically with the tip downwards. And although with both we will have a high percentage of hatches, placing them horizontally has been proven to help us have larger chicks, therefore, stronger ones at birth.
Bearing this in mind, the next thing to define is how many eggs we will incubate, 5, 10, 50, 100 or more, this will determine the size of the incubator we choose, there is a wide variety of incubators on the market, digital, analog, manual, automatic, big, small, with or without accessories, etc., we will have to choose ours according to what best suits our needs and that’s it. The final step is to see your group grow!