You get to hold a chick, I get to...

What does it take to offer every visitor a chance to hold a chick under a week old?


You will need to incubate a lot of eggs. I run four incubators from mid-April until the end of July. I load one with fresh eggs every Tuesday, and one of them hatches fresh chicks every Tuesday.


For 10 years, I used to turn all the eggs by hand twice a day! Now, I have invested in egg turners that do the work for me. (I also used to scrub each incubator after every hatch, but now I use parchment paper and paper towel liners to make for easy clean up.) They all need to be monitored daily for correct temperature and humidity. Chicks hatch exactly 21 days after starting incubation, if y