Some breeds of hens want to hatch a clutch of eggs or "go broody" thus the name "setting hen" They don't want to be bothered
for any reason and sometimes wont even get up to eat! Most hens that want to hatch a batch need to be separated from other
hens and have a quiet section of a coop area. Most chickens make good mothers, There can be a lot of fighting and pecking
among some hens. Not all hens will want to hatch eggs. There are some noted breeds that are BEST at wanting to hatch eggs.
Most "Bantam" sized breeds or Silkies make good brooders for hatching a clutch of eggs. You can't make her want to hatch eggs.
Its up to each hen when and where she decides to raise a batch of baby chicks. Of course keep roosters away from young chicks
too for their safety,
Easy steps to hatch fertile eggs. Its best to have fertile eggs that you get from your own backyard coop. If you do not own
a rooster then you can call a local feed store and ask to find someone there that may have posted a sign for fertile eggs.
You can get fertile eggs shipped to you, but I have learned that the eggs arrive usually damaged shells or ruptured air sacks.
most of these eggs will not hatch and about two eggs per dozen will be your final result if the hatch goes well.
in this photo is an "egg candling". This is where you carefully pick up eggs to check for embryos. Shine a very bright light
through the egg shell to look for a developing baby chick. If you do not have an egg that looks like this in about a week.
Its best to discard non fertile eggs.
How to tell if eggs are fertile. To test for fertile eggs: look for a ring or a bulls eye on the yoke of a farm egg.
If roosters live in the pen or on the farm with hens, its nearly guaranteed that the eggs will be fertile. Collect
the new fertile eggs from your coop. When you are ready to put eggs in incubator DO NOT wash eggs if you
do, they will develop bacteria which will cause the egg to smell and the embryo to die.This can cause ALL of your hatching
eggs to fail.