Wanting to have dual purpose meat and egg birds, we ordered a batch of fertilised Light Sussex eggs, all the way from WA (closest we could find them).
Into the incubator for 21 days, with the last 3 days ‘off rotation’ so they did not turn, increased the humidity and decreased the temperature.
They hatched over a 24 hour period and we left them in there to dry (they get food from the yolk for the first 24 hours).
We then put them into a brooder pen and taught them to eat and drink, which they did wonderfully, and slowly turned into yellow, fluffy chicks! We had a few with wonky feet and one that could not walk who had to be euthanised, but the rest were all fine.
We changed their feeders so they didn’t get the bedding into it, and kept the light on most of the time due to it being so cold here.
In warmer temperatures we would have put them outside into a grower pen at 3 weeks, but we waited 6 weeks (coinciding with the hatching of new baby chicks). We moved them outside into the glasshouse at 4 weeks to experience night time temperatures.
Finally, with their grower pen ready, off they went at 6 weeks (my have they grown) and gave them a special treat of maggots bred especially.
Now the new chicks are beginning to hatch and the older ones will be ready to go onto grower pellets in two weeks 🙂