Raising chickens

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).

Image

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.

Image

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).

CONTINUE READING

Breeding baby chickens

1 day old baby Light Sussex chickens. We started with 3 dozen in the incubator. 1 dozen got discarded due to being infertile eggs or not forming a proper embryo. So far we have 8 hatched and healthy, and a few more eggs we’ll give to the end of the day…

In the incubator.

Newly hatched

New home after 24 hours

Huddling together…