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Tips on Hatching Eggs and Starting Baby Chicks from an Expert

| 7/20/2009 4:42:21 PM

Bob Berry owns Bob’s Biddies, a small hatchery that specializes in Rhode Island Red and Dominique chickens in Ray City, Ga. Berry hatches 1,000 Rhode Island Red chicks and 500 Dominique chicks each month throughout the year. About 85 percent of the eggs he incubates hatch. We talked with Berry to ask his advice on incubating eggs.

How did you get started in the hatchery business?

When I was a youngster, we always raised a lot of chickens. Some were sold as grown chickens, and we sold eggs, too. I’ve always had a love for chickens. Taking care of them was part of my daily chores.

My professional career took me a different route. When I had to retire, my wife Diane and I tried to come up with something that I could do while she’s at work. I decided to start working with poultry again .Because I have physical limitations, the hatchery venture seemed to make sense.

Why did you choose to specialize in Rhode Island Reds and Dominiques?

We tried other breeds. But the Rhode Island Reds and Dominiques are old breeds that most people are familiar with. Both breeds are great egg-layers.

William Mell
3/4/2013 4:11:00 PM

how did your hatch turn out??

William Mell
3/4/2013 4:09:46 PM

i have baby chicks i just hatched and one of them has a bad leg it is turned outward and the chick favors it but it is in good health and eats and drinks well just has a hard time walking can i put somthing like a band aid around the chicks legs to try and straighten the bad leg or do i have to put the chick down???

samantha jackson
3/25/2012 5:45:14 PM

my chicks were chirping away until the last day or two it is now the 19th day we took the turner out on the 18th day but they haven't chirped since. i heard that they should be piping by now but i don't see that ether! could some one tell me what happened to them that they stopped chirping and are not piping?!

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