How to Hatch Chicks in a Homemade Incubator

Guide to raise and hatch chicks, including homemade incubator designs and information on types of incubators, heat, humidity, ventilation and hatching.



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Wire-bottomed broiler house.
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Hatching chicks
Then spring rolled around again, our neighbors began ordering new chicks from the hatchery and we discovered that the cost of day old biddies had doubled in our area. That's when we decided to try hatching our own fertile eggs. 
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A homemade chick incubator.
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Hygrometer for chick incubation.
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Structure of the chicken egg.
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Candling eggs to check egg development.
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