This breed of chicken, a silkie, is known to have a strong instinct to hatch eggs.
Newly hatched chicks can survive up to three days without food or water.
A metal stock tank provides a sturdy, draft-free environment for chicks.
Whether you buy chicks from a hatchery or buy eggs for your hens to hatch, you can find a breed that suits your needs.
Moving a brood (in this case, geese) to pasture will give them a healthy start.
Letting mother hens do the work will make raising chicks easy.
Commercial brooders usually include a device to regulate temperature automatically.
Observe chicks’ behavior to see if they’re too warm or cold. These chicks are comfortable.
Hens that are incubating eggs must be isolated from the rest of the flock, but can return shortly after the chicks hatch.
Always use a small poultry waterer to prevent the chicks from getting wet.
Expect a warning peck (or hiss from a goose) if you get too close to a mother bird with babies!