Learn how incubate, hatch, and brood baby chickens, ducklings, goslings, turkey poults, and guinea keets. With advice on everything from selecting a breed and choosing the best incubator to feeding and caring for newborn chicks in a brooder, this comprehensive guide also covers issues like embryo development, panting chicks etc.
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Hatching and Brooding Your Own Chicks (Chickens, Turkeys, Ducks, Geese, Guinea Fowl)
Gail Damerow shows you how to incubate, hatch, and brood baby chickens, ducklings, goslings, turkey poults, and guinea keets. With advice on everything from selecting a breed and choosing the best incubator to feeding and caring for newborn chicks in a brooder, this comprehensive guide also covers issues like embryo development, panting chicks, and a variety of common birth defects. Whether you want to hatch three eggs or one hundred, you'll find all the information you need to make your poultry-raising operation a success.
From the Back Cover:
From Fertilized Egg to Baby Chick and Beyond
Whether you're an experienced poultry owner or an intrigued beginner, chicken expert Gail Damerow offers everything you need to know about acquiring and brooding hatchlings and what to expect from your young charges as they grow. When you've gained experience brooding and are eager for the next challenge, Damerow goes on to explain every step of the hatching process.
If you want your chickens to do the work for you, the chapter on broody hens will prepare you for their special care and feeding needs. If you choose to incubate the eggs, complete coverage of selecting and operating an incubator and understanding the structure and development of an egg will give you the confidence to act as mother hen yourself. And hatching and brooding information on turkeys, ducks, geese, and guinea fowl is also featured.
About the Author:
Gail Damerow has written extensively on raising chickens and other livestock, growing fruits and vegetables, and related rural know-how in more than a dozen books, including What's Killing My Chickens? and the best-selling Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens, The Chicken Encyclopedia, The Chicken Health Handbook, and Hatching & Brooding Your Own Chicks. Damerow is a contributor to Chickens and Hobby Farms magazines and a regular blogger for Cackle Hatchery. She lives in Tennessee with her husband, where they operate a family farm with poultry and dairy goats, a sizable garden, and a small orchard. Visit her online at gaildamerow.com
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Brooders for poultry, birds and other animals. Ideal for keeping young chickens, ducks and other poultry warm until they can generate their own body heat. The warm environment of a brooder can also be used to care for baby parrots while they are young or help sick birds and animals recover from illness.
This chick warmer/brooder plate gives controllable low-level heat for young chicks. The warmth is from above, so they can move in and out from it as they wish. The height is easily adjustable on the four legs. The temperature-controllable element is totally encased in plastic for safe operation.
A fully automatic & compact incubator suitable for 12 poultry eggs or more smaller eggs. Comes with a transparent sidewall for viewing hatching chicks. Flexible egg racks suitable for different sizes of eggs.
A fully automatic & compact incubator suitable for 18 poultry eggs or more smaller eggs. Comes with a transparent sidewall for viewing hatching chicks. Flexible egg racks suitable for different sizes of eggs.
48 Egg Fully Automatic Incubator with 6-month warranty (conditions apply). Suitable for various types of poultry & bird eggs.
Top-quality incubators which are designed, engineered and manufactured in Italy by River Systems. The Egg Tech™ incubators offer innovated technical solutions with an extremely high degree of reliability. Two styles available: A manual egg turning incubator and a range of fully automatic egg turning incubators.