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  1. HumidiKit Product Review

    In making this product review it was interesting since there isn’t anything to really compare the HumidiKit to. There are automatic humidity kits out there but they are all designed to only work with their own brand of incubators. The HumidiKit is the first Universal Automatic humidity system, meaning you can use it with any incubator regardless of size or brand.

     

    Common incubator setups that I’ve seen have a few components that make it “automatic.” There’s the thermostat, which automatically regulates the temperature, and the automatic egg turner which automatically turns your eggs. For the most part you can “set it and forget it,” but what about humidity? Most incubators have a water tray at the bottom. This helps increase the hum

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  2. Concerns About My Hens' Eggs

    As your chickens begin to lay eggs, some concerns may come up. Most of these relate primarily to the health and conditions of the chickens and their environment. Here, however, we will discuss concerns focused mostly on the condition of the eggs laid.

    A hen’s health and diet have a huge impact upon the eggs they lay. Make sure the environmental conditions and diet are as close to ideal as possible (Environment and diet are covered in other posts. Click on the link to see them.). This will increase egg health, whether eggs are produced to hatch live chicks or to eat, as well as increase the number of eggs produced. This is especially important when the eggs will be fertilized and incu

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  3. Bathing a Chicken

    For a variety of reasons, your chickens’ overall cleanliness may become a concern. For this reason, people often wonder if it is okay to give a chicken a bath. The answer is yes, it is even beneficial.

    Bathing your chickens should be done, when possible, at the same time you clean the coop. This will help both chickens and coop to stay clean for longer. There are a lot of positive side effects to having clean chickens and coop. This will help prevent disease and poor health. It will also help fight bad odors. However, it is important to note that bathing your chickens does not need to be done as frequently as coop-cleaning, as chickens ‘dust-bathe’— roll around in the dirt to get clean then shaking the dirt off and preening their feat

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  4. Little Giant 9300 Incubator Review

    The Little Giant 9300 is completely replacing the previous 9200 model. Little Giant has made a huge upgrade by adding a digital control module similar to the GQF Genesis 1588. It reads both temperature and humidity. The temperature sensor sits on top of the eggs while the humidity sensor is towards the ceiling of the incubator. Instead of spending hours, and sometimes even days trying to stabilize the temperature with the little 9200 knob, the 9300 comes pre-set to 99.5 degrees F!

    Another distinguishing feature is the way the incubator is heated. There is now a different heating element in the center of the incubator ceiling. It is a heated wire tha

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  5. Which Breed of Chicken Should I Choose for Egg Laying?

    When people decide to raise chickens, a common question is which breed will be the best to choose for laying eggs. This decision is based upon innumerable factors and this post could not possibly cover them all, but we will go over several of them.

    First, of course, is overall egg production numbers. Different breeds of chicken produce eggs in varying numbers and with varying consistency. Before you select a breed, look into this and find out not only how often the hens will lay eggs but for what duration. At what age will they start and stop laying eggs? How consistently do they lay eggs year round? When looking for consistency and overall production, commonly recommended breeds include the leghorn variety or a high production 'hybrid' bird. (A hybrid chicken is a mixture of species bred to get particular results.)

    Also consider chicken management and upkeep. By 'management' I refer to the amount of attention, care, time and other particulars the hens may need. Will

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  6. 5 Things You May Not Know About Bantams

    1.  The name comes from the city of Banten (or Bantam), a City in Indonesia once known as being a major trading seaport. When European sailors restocked on poultry in Banten they found the small breeds of poultry very useful and began calling them Bantams.

    2.  Bantams are great egg layers. Some breeds of Bantams can lay up to 150 eggs per year!

    3.  Old English Bantams used to be used for fighting in Europe.

    4.  When kept as backyard pets Bantams have a higher mortality rate. Their small size makes them easier targets for smaller predators such as Hawks, Cats, and Foxes.

    5.  Many Bantams make great show birds because of their beauty, such as this Dutch Bantam Rooster pictured to the right.

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  7. 5 Best Incubator Hacks of ALL TIME!

    Upgrades, Modifications, Additions, Hacks whatever you want to call them, there are so many for your incubator. That’s why we compiled a list of the top 5 hacks to turn your boring old incubator into an extreme egg hatching machine!

    1. Fan kit

    This hack comes in as number one because it’s a simple addition that increases your hatch rate so much! There are many fans that you could add to your incubator but you need to be careful to get the right one. The whole idea of a fan in an incubator is to eliminate hot spots from forming inside. If you have a fan blowing too much air it could dry out your eggs. What you need is a gentle flowing fan that simply moves the air in your incubator. This is a must have modification for any still air incubator. Check out our selection of

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  8. More Questions About Egg Production

    In an earlier post, several commonly asked questions about hens’ egg production were discussed. In this article, we will go over a few more.

    How often will a hen lay eggs? Even in conditions that are ideal and constant, egg production will depend on various factors, including breed and, most notably, age of the hen. At prime age, in prime condition, you will get an egg almost every day. When a hen first begins laying eggs, it may take a bit for egg production to get to that point. Once there, the pace should maintain until the chicken begins to get old. If it suddenly stops or slows down drastically there may be something wrong with the hen’s diet or environment. This also may be caused by seasonal factors.

    When a hen gets ol

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  9. Questions About Harvesting Eggs

    Among the top reasons for owning backyard chickens is being able to harvest fresh, nutrient-rich eggs on an almost daily basis. There are several questions that often arise, however, pertaining to hens and their egg-laying capabilities, as well as how to provide. Here I hope to address a few, and clear up some facts.

     

    Chicken Eggs

    Eggs layed by backyard chickens will not be as white as store-bought eggs

     

    When will my hen start laying eggs? This depends on several factors, particularly the breed of chicken. Each breed is different, but breeds of larger birds te

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  10. DIY Poultry Feed: Making it at Home

    Many people who raise poultry birds have difficulties obtaining proper feed. Stores selling proper feed are far away from some people, others just don’t want to have to pay for it. Many people don’t want to have to buy it just so they can be more self sufficient. Making or growing your own chicken feed is possible and may be an option you want to look into. It can also be much healthier or more specific to your own birds’ needs.

    One helpful component is a large pasture. If it is healthy and consistent enough, and the coop can be moved to a new area on a regular basis, birds can often forage enough to stay healthy without you providing feed. Even if not, it will likely be a useful supplement to the feed you provide. This is a very natural and healthy diet for poultry birds.

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