100% best trick to hatch all your eggs using a broody hen
In my previous article I gave you two of the best options that any poultry farmer can use between an incubator and a broody hen to hatch eggs. It is wise and advisable to use the best method to capitalize on your returns and avoid risk of losing your investment. The expenses you incur on either purchasing a hen or an incubator should be able to give you the required return profit.
Supposing you decide to buy a digital 56 eggs solar incubator worth 22,000/= or purchase 3 hens each at 500/=? Yes you will be happy it is a solar incubator meaning it will not require electricity but the sun thus cutting down the electrical cost. The only advantage the incubator has is during summer when the temperature is very hot as the incubator will provide enough warm temperature to hatch well your eggs. During autumn when temperatures start to decrease then it becomes a problem not to forget the following season is winter that is full of cold temperatures. It will be a disadvantage as this digital solar incubator will only be beneficial in regions that experience the four seasons well but those that are cold throughout the year it is a big problem as they will run for the electrical incubator which will be costly in both prize and electricity charges. Similarly, power blackouts that are hard to control will lead to fluctuating temperatures inside the incubator leading to loses during hatching.
Both methods have their own independent advantages as the hen can hatch twice in 42 days without spoiling any egg. Are you surprised to hear that? Well I will show you how in my next article of how to hatch twice in 42 days using the same brooder hen. An incubator on the other hand can carry many eggs in one tray but chances of hatching all the eggs are unpredictable due to fluctuating temperatures during hot and cold seasons.
How to hatch all the eggs using a broody hen
1. Hygiene is the number one priority when it comes to handling of eggs. Make sure you wash your hands are dry them well before handling the eggs. This is because our hands pick up dirt as we carry on with other tasks such as cleaning the house as well as the oil we apply on our body that sticks and blocks the tiny egg holes which regulates temperature that keeps the egg fresh.
2. Choose the best and fresh laid eggs as I showed you how to choose the gender of the egg in my last article. Make sure you choose small sized eggs since the hen will be comfortable covering many small eggs than the big ones.
3. Choose the best material to place in the brooding box such as light feathers or young grass as these remains comfortable for both the hen and eggs more than a hard surface such as using traditional means of placing sand in the brooding box.
4. Place the eggs with sharp or round edges facing up as this will enable you place many eggs at once and keep the eggs close to each other and keep the temperature between the eggs warm then place the broody hen gently on top of the eggs.
5. Release the hen at least after every two days and feed it well with foods that will keep the body warm such as corn and green vegetables throughout the time it sits on the eggs. As the hen is feeding outside the brooding box you rotate the eggs with the side facing up to now face down and vice-versa to allow warm temperature to circulate evenly inside the egg. After feeding the hen give it enough water mixed with vitamins supplements that will keep the hen healthy and warm.
6. Keep repeating procedure 5 as you reduce the number of times you release the hen to feed as it nears hatching to enable it hatch successfully without spoiling any egg.
7. It is very important that on the 20th day as the hen starts breaking through the shell you should keep a close watch and remove already broken shells to give space to the remaining eggs to continue hatching. Assist the hen in breaking the remaining eggs as it might forget and concentrate more on the already hatched chicks. This way you will save the lives of innocent and stuck chicks inside the remaining eggs.
Note:- do not vaccinate or medicate the hen during the 21 days of hatching as medication will have effects on the hen such as increasing and reducing body temperatures and this will in turn affect successful hatching.
Good luck as you practice this method and remember to read my next article on ways to hatch twice in 42 days using the same broody hen.
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