Preparing for a Large Chicken Hatching Facility at Home

Hatching chickens is not only incredibly fun and exciting; it’s a lucrative business opportunity for the serious poultry owner. Chickens of dozens of different breeds are always in high demand, such as the black-fleshed Ayam Cemanis, showy Seramas, and multiple different colored egg laying breeds. It will take a lot of preparation and work to begin operation, but family and friends can definitely speed the process up.

Gathering Fencing and Hardware

Many owners prefer to allow their prized chicken flocks to have an entire coop and run to themselves, allowing them to explore and be happy. Wire fence manufacturers tend to offer bulk fencing which will be necessary for lots of well-fenced large runs and coops. Each breed may require several runs and coops be built in order to gather plenty of hatching eggs, which can be quite the physical task. All additional hardware that is needed to install fencing such as tools, fencing staples, and gate equipment should be purchased and on hand as well.

Choosing Chicken Varieties to Focus On

In the beginning, it is vital to choose a handful of varieties to focus on before expanding further. Choose varieties that have the highest demand in the local area, as well as varieties that are hardy and able to adapt to the local climate. Low maintenance birds are also perfect to start with.

Evaluating Hatching Equipment

The quality of the hatching equipment can spell success or disaster in a hatchery. Older, unreliable equipment will have hatching rates far inferior to newer, top of the line equipment. Fully automated equipment will also have a far greater success rate than incubators that require manual egg turning and temperature or humidity monitoring. Be sure that all equipment will operate in a satisfactory manner.

Preparing for Predators

Virtually every geographical location has a predator that will prey on chickens. Wild canines, predatory birds, large mammals, snakes, and even local pets will all prey on chickens. Some, like snakes, prey on eggs and small chicks; others prey on adult birds. A single predator could potentially cause thousands in damage. Research should be done to identify potential local predators, and measures should be taken to protect the birds. There are a variety of methods, including netting to deter birds, noise deterrents for large mammals, and livestock guardian dogs or donkeys for larger or stubborn predators.

There are few things that delight the masses as much as well raised and healthy chicks, especially when the masses are chicken enthusiasts! Owning a hatchery will provide lots of excitement, fun, and potentially financial security.

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