What better way to experience spring than to incubate and hatch your own chicks! Perfect for the home or classroom.
What to know:
- The hatching process takes 21 days
- DO NOT place incubator in the sun, over a heater, or in a drafty area.
- You will receive detailed instructions with diagrams.
- Plug incubator and egg turner in. Raise temperature to 99-100 degrees F.
- Let incubator run for 2-3 hours before eggs are put into incubator base; this stabilizes temperature.
- Place eggs on turner in incubator with POINTY SIDE DOWN.
- Place thermometer on top of eggs.
- Check water levels every day; use warm water.
- Check temperature daily.
- On 3rd day of incubation, uncover the first hole
- On 18th day of incubation, uncover the second hole
- On 18th day, remove the egg turner.
- Place eggs on screen with thermometer on top of them.
- Leave chicks on wire in incubator until they dry off (8-12 hours)
- Remove chicks from incubator and place in box (90 degrees) along with food and water.
- Turner moves slowly (several times per day) do not force the motor to make the turner move faster.
- Have fun and watch your chicks grow!
Does Abma’s Farm take back baby chicks?: The chicks you hatch are yours to keep and love. We understand that not everyone has the best environment to keep chickens; however, we encourage you to create that environment or inquire if neighbors, friends, parents, etc. would like to continue raising them. This is an educational process that brings life into the world, and we encourage hatching them responsibly.
AS OF JUNE 1ST, 2016: NJDA and USDA prevents us from taking back chicks who were not raised here because our egg layers are regulated. We understand this is an inconvenience; therefore, we secured another farm that will take chicks back if you cannot keep them.
How long can I rent an incubator for?: 30 days, then it must be returned in the condition it was received. If it is returned in unsatisfactory condition, your deposit will not be refunded.
What kind of chicks will hatch?: Rhode Island Red chicks.
Can duck eggs be incubated?: Yes, we have duck eggs available in late spring. They will hatch into Peking ducks.
- Incubator: $35
- Egg Turner: $35
- Fertilized Eggs: $7 per dozen
- Chick Feed: $2 per bag
- Shavings for box: $2
- Deposit: $170 — Deposit is returned to you once you bring the incubator and egg turner back in working condition with all parts.
ALL HATCHERS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND A SEMINAR BEFORE PICKING UP EQUIPMENT.
Please note! We are now offering a FREE chick hatching seminar for those interested in renting an incubator and hatching chicks of their own.This seminar is for the safety of the animals and for the hatcher’s education. At the seminar, hatchers will learn the ins and outs of hatching baby chicks the correct way! Approx 30 minutes long. Time and date will be determined.