HOW MANY DAYS DOES IT TAKE FOR A CHICK TO GROW INSIDE THE EGG BEFORE IT IS READY TO HATCH?
HOW CAN YOU TELL IF AN EGG HAS BEEN FERTILIZED?
If the hen that laid the egg was in the same yard as a rooster, the chances are that the eggs she lays will be fertile. Once a rooster mates with a hen all the eggs the hen lays for the next 7 days will most likely be fertile. If a fertile egg is incubated for at least 9 days and you shine a small bright torch onto the top of the fattest end of the egg, a non fertile egg will look translucent and a fertile egg will be darker because the embryo has been growing inside.
CAN YOU TELL WHAT SEX THE CHICKS ARE ONCE THEY HAVE HATCHED?
Chickens reproductive organs are internal and you cannot distinguish between male or female. It is possible breed chickens to show certain characteristics such as wing feather lengths or colour patterns that you can use to determine the sex of day old chicks however this is only possible with the correct mating of hens / roosters that carry particular genes. It is very complicated and usually only done by large commercial hatcheries. The best way for the average backyard poultry keeper to tell the difference is to wait until the chicks are about 5 weeks old and then look carefully at the chicks. The roosters will generally develop bigger and redder combs (on top of head) and wattles (flaps of skin under the beaks).
WHAT IS A BROODY HEN?
A hen that has gone broody will want to sit on a clutch of eggs to incubate them. She will be very reluctant to get off them and will fluff up her feather and peck at you if you go near her. She will only get off the eggs once a day for a short period to eat and drink. This usually happens at spring time.
CAN YOU PUT A BABY CHICK WITH ANOTHER HEN IF IT DOESN’T HAVE A MOTHER?
No. It will probably be attacked by the hen. The only time this may work is if the hen is already broody.
WHAT IS A PULLET?
A young female chick that has not started laying eggs
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR A PULLET TO GROW UP AND START LAYING EGGS?
About 22 weeks, depending on the breed of chicken and the time of year.
HOW LONG DOES A CHICKEN LIVE FOR?
About 7 years. A hen will lay the most eggs during her first year and will decrease the amount of eggs laid each year as she gets older.
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Hatching Chicks is a family owned business which has been operating successfully from Canberra to Sydney south and the Illawarra since 2000. Hatching Chicks brings the farm to you, giving you the opportunity to watch a chicken hatching from its shell and growing for the first two weeks of its life.
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If you decide to keep some chickens you will find that caring for them is immensely satisfying and surprisingly easy. You can feed them your household scraps and in return you will be supplied with fresh free-range eggs and manure for your garden.