The Blush Family Farm hatched another batch of chicks! This time it was 16 out of 20 eggs that hatched. 80% hatch rate! The second incubator we used this time had a 0% success rate. This is likely due to a power outage that took place a couple weeks ago due to a windstorm. From this we took two lessons – 1. Brinsea makes excellent incubators that hold their temperatures well and 2. It is important to have at least one source of alternative energy (generator/solar/methane from animal waste/etc.) available for down grid situations.
Chickens are an excellent simple step towards food self sufficiency. Consider getting a small flock of 6 chickens and learn the basics.