Our First Egg Incubator Adventure

Apr 28

Our First Egg Incubator Adventure

The last few days have been really exciting for us around the farm, and I’ve been dying to share about it here on the blog. We bought an egg incubator to hatch our own chicken babies!

eggs in an incubator eggs in an incubator

Our First Egg Incubator Adventure

The average length of time it takes for a chicken to hatch is 21 days. When we first put the eggs in, I simply gathered all of the eggs that were laid on April 4th and put them into the incubator. Following the 21 day timeline, we expected babies on April 25th.

When they didn’t hatch on April 25th, I honestly got super impatient. Why weren’t they hatching?! Did I do something wrong!? It turns out that the first day is not the true first day – it’s at the end of the first 24 hours.

We all eagerly sat around and watched and waited for the little babies to pip and hatch. It was the coolest thing ever!! I even FaceTimed with my mom and my nieces so they could watch the babies hatch with us.

freshly hatched baby chicken

baby chicks in the incubator

baby chick next to dandelions

baby chick in the grass

At the end of the 22nd and 23rd days from hatching, we had 10 babies out of the 13 eggs. My friend Theresa suggested that we candle the remaining 3 eggs to make sure that no one was alive in there and I’m so glad she suggested it! One of the eggs chirped at me! I rushed it back into the incubator, and the next day, our Lucky baby was born.

One of the Hatching Eggs was Shrink Wrapped

Lucky was shrink wrapped 😳 meaning the membrane around the inside of the egg was dried out and started to stick to Lucky … so I intervened and broke the membrane for Lucky to break the way through. Lucky came out super dark, the only dark bird in the whole hatch.

baby chick stuck in shrink wrapped egg baby chick stuck in shrink wrapped egg newly hatched chick standing for the first time baby chick in hand

Major Lessons I Learned About Hatching Eggs

1.) Patience is a virtue I do not possess. I thought I would go absolutely bananas waiting for the eggs to hatch!

2.) Do NOT write on the egg shells with permanent marker. I did not know it at the time, but, permanent marker is toxic to babies. This will, unfortunately, be a hard lesson for me to learn as half of my newly hatched flock died within a week.

3.) Clean the incubator out really well afterward and be prepared for the smell. Freshly hatched chicks do not smell great. 😂

4.) Check all eggs that didn’t hatch to make sure there aren’t any late hatchers! Our little Lucky baby almost got fed to the pig without us even realizing there was someone still alive in there.

 

Overall, our first egg incubator adventure hatching baby chicks was a really fun experience for me and the rest of the family. The actual hatching itself was a bit stressful, mostly because I had no idea what was happening or what to expect. But these little guys and girls are the cutest things ever, and I’m so excited to watch them grow up!

 

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