How To Take Care Of Your Chickens

Chickens and Hens

Without chickens (and other egg laying creatures) there would be no incubators. Without any incubators there wouldn’t be an eggincubator.biz. Without that I would’ve had to resort to either working the land as a farmer or *shudder* get a real 9-5 job. So, with that in mind I owe a lot to chickens. They’re really the bread and butter of this business. Most of the egg farmers that I talk to need incubators for chickens as opposed to say quail.

And of course since I originally started as an egg farmer I know a thing or two or about taking care of the little birdies. Not in the way that you see industrial farms being run, but really taking care of them.

The very first step to taking care of the old birdies is to build your chickens a home. Give them some shelter and of course, a fence to keep them in. We don’t want our chickens running amuck. The more space the better, anything less then 4 or 6 feet per chicken is cruel in my estimation. Inside of that cute little home you built, you need to give your hens a quaint little spot to have birth. A nice little “nest” if you will so they can lay your precious eggs. By the way if you’ve never had farm fresh eggs from an ACTUAL chicken farm you don’t know what you’re missing. Delish! Delish I tell you!

Now once you’ve got your chicken house you’ll want to fire some hens in there. No eggs without hens! Hens need even more room because they’re feisty little creatures. Give them too little room and you’ll have a full blown war on your hands.

Okay, so you’ve got hens, you’ve got chickens and you’ve got a hen house! Now you’re going to need to get them some feed. Don’t give them the low quality garbage feed get them some high end organic feed. I know it’s tough to shallow the pill and cough up that much dough but I personally believe it’s worth it. You can taste the difference in the egg.

Okay now you just wait until the hens lay some eggs and you’re set right? Fat chance. These little guys requires some serious TLC. During prime egg laying season I like to check on them once or twice. I also make sure I check on them in the night. Get yourself a good flashlight and make sure there is nothing going boo in the night. Some predators like to stalk them in the evening and night time. Hens don’t lay many eggs if they’re stressed out! You have to make sure there little house is as secure as your own!

If your hens are laying an usually low number of eggs its probably because they’re stressed. Check the area for predators and look for any way they could worm there way into their hen house!

The last step is to enjoy your high quality, farm fresh eggs!

Are Eggs Healthy?

Heart-shaped fried egg

Growing up on a farm I adored eggs. I was lucky, I didn’t get any low quality, questionably coloured eggs. Almost every morning we had eggs for breakfast. My mother would always tell me that there was no use in starting your day with sugary cereal that would crash in a few hours!

At the time I remember being pissed – I wanted some Captain Crunch or Lucky Charms! Now in my old age I understand why, starting your day off with sugar for breakfast is akin to soaking a few twigs in gasoline and setting it on fire. You may come out of the gate blazing but you won’t last very long!

Naturally, when I got into the egg incubator business I did a lot of research – are eggs really healthy?

The Cholesterol Myth

Remember when the entire population was fascinated with cholesterol and heart disease? At one point, when I was a child our school participated in jump rope for heart, which was a charity event for heart disease. At the time cholesterol seemed to be lumped into two categories: it’s either high in cholesterol or it’s not. High = bad. Bad = heart disease. Boy were we ever given a poor outlook on eggs at that point.

Today we know, that eggs actually can help reduce your cholesterol and have a positive impact on a healthy heart. Talk about a 360.

One (recent) study did find that if you have diabetes or one of a few incredibly rare genetic disorders then eating eggs can be bad for you. But unless you fall into those two categories eat away!

WebMD ran a story called “Good Eggs: For Nutrition, They’re Hard to Beat“. They sum it up in a similar way – the debate of whether or not eggs are healthy for us is pretty well over. Just about everyone is in agreement that they’re a heart healthy food that rock in the morning.

A Super Morning

I encourage you to try eating eggs for breakfast, several times a week. They’re amazing because they are so high in protein which is a terrific way to give your body a kick start at the start of the day. And unlike Lucky Charms, they’re not going to burn you out by 9:30 AM. Eggs will sustain you until lunch time when you can refuel.

A Few Egg Recipes To Get You Started

One of the world’s easiest recipe and absolutely perfect for after a hard workout (both avocados and eggs pack a massive protein punch) is this baked eggs in avocados from Wellness Weekly.

It’s hard to beat a 4 ingredient meal that takes 5 minutes to prepare and 20 minutes in the oven. That’s as hands off as it gets.

I have this Kale & Sweet Potato Fritatta several times a week. It’s packed full of healthy vegetables and of course, eggs which is a rawkin’ way to start your morning. This was served up via Lulora and has become a staple in my diet. It requires a lot of eggs, but as a farmer and egg incubator manufacturer that’s really a none issue.

 

How an Egg Incubator Works

Incubator

An incubator is used to hatch eggs and keep them warm. They are commonly used for premature mammals, reptile eggs and chicks. It’s more common that they are used to hatch chicks though and thus, if you own a poultry, incubators are necessary.

The incubators keep the eggs warm which allows the fetuses to grow and hatch even without their mother’s presence. The common temperature inside the incubator ranges from 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit to 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

There are several reasons why you would need to use an egg incubator. One of them is that the farmer wanted to hatch chicks but none of the hens are ready to breed. The other one is that for students to learn about how an egg hatches after a few weeks. They are also used in large chicken raising facilities.

Though they are most commonly used to hatch chicken eggs, they can be used to hatch any type of bird, from penguins to ostriches.

The Anatomy of How an Egg Incubator Works

As we have learned earlier, an egg incubator plays an important role in hatching eggs. Here, we are going to understand how the egg incubator works.

Temperature Control

Keeping the temperature in the right range is crucial inside the incubator environment. Chickens hatch around 100 degree Fahrenheit therefore, the incubator is an independent and controlled environment which they can be set to remain at a set temperature range as long as needed. In other words, the incubator acts as the hen’s warmth for the chicks.

Air Circulation

It is also an important factor for the eggs, air circulation. As for the growth of most organisms, oxygen and air flow plays an important role in their development. When being hatched naturally, eggs get plenty of it and since an incubator is an environment which needs control over temperature, it will naturally be an enclosed space.  As we know that an enclosed space doesn’t allow the flow of air and oxygen, the incubator includes ventilations and fans to encourage a fresh and warm oxygen to flow over eggs.

Humidity Control

If hatched naturally, a hen will provide humidity control when she sits over the eggs. She knows exactly how much moisture the egg should be losing. On average, an egg will lose about 12 percent of its moisture content during the process of incubation and humidity controls how much is lost over time. It should be required to be monitored by an individual as some eggs may need more or less depending upon the shell’s thickness.

Conclusion

An incubator can be really useful be it for production purposes or educational purposes. They are crucial of you want to run a large scale poultry business and optional if you want to raise your own chicken. There are plenty of them available for order online or you can just hop in and create your own.

We have also learned that the egg incubator controls three main things: temperature, airflow and humidity. These are the crucial recipe for hatching a chick.