Baby Bird Love

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Kassandra Smith

Senior Editor • Backyard Chicken Coops

Last Updated: 14 July 2020

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Hello chicken keepers!

I love my chooks, but there’s nothing that makes me more clucky than seeing some baby chicks. Look at these little sweeties and their mumma hen:

Want to to be a mumma hen too? Hatching your own baby chicks is one of the most egg-citing eggs-periences you can have as a chicken keeper. Right from the time I first candled my Silkie eggs I felt connected to the soon-to-be chicks inside, and I’d obsessively check the settings on my incubator to make sure everything was just right.  The work didn’t stop once they were out of the eggshell though! It wasn’t until they were fully grown and ready to join the flock that I finally exhaled.

candling a silkie chick egg

baby silkie chicks hatching in incubator

day old silkie chick

Silkie chick hatched from incubated eggs

It was tough, stressful and incredibly rewarding. I would recommend to anyone who is thinking of starting or expanding their backyard flock to give it a go. It’s the miracle of nature before your very eyes! Check out the Raising Baby Chicks section on our Learning Centre for all the mumma hen info you need. 

But before you do that, here is something to consider...

We all know just how quickly these little ones grow up so you are going to want to make sure that you've got the knowledge you need to raise a happy, healthy flock. You wouldn't want to risk making tragic mistakes that could impact their development, growth, or worse! 67% of chicken keepers surveyed experienced a chicken health or behavior issue in the first 12 months that they didn’t know how to handle.

This is why I highly recommend that you check out our friends at Chickenpedia. Their Raising Baby Chicks course provides lots of useful information to help you avoid any life-threatening accident. You'll have newfound confidence to give your feathered friends the best start in life.

Helping to bring new life into the world is a joyful and extraordinary experience for the whole family. Nothing compares to seeing fluffy little hatchlings peck out of their shells. Getting to this perfect moment does come with a fair few challenges and risks which can be stressful and overwhelming, especially without the right information.

Chickenpedia also has the brilliant Hatch A Plan course to help you successfully incubate and hatch happy and healthy chicks. Their course offers the best advice to ensure you build your knowledge to avoid tragic disasters, as these little ones can be so sensitive to temperature! You can learn about the conditions and equipment needed to confidently bring new life into the world.

From raising baby chicks to feeding and behavior, you’ll find beginner-friendly courses that’ll give you the knowledge and confidence to successfully look after your chickens for years to come on ChickenpediaThese courses are exclusive to members only, so get access today!

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Feathers Forever,

Kassandra x