UCP Guest Blog 004: How to Select the Right Incubator for You – by Emily Baker

Hatching - photo by Alisha Vargas

Hatching – photo by Alisha Vargas

Emily Baker is a flock owner of Ancona Ducks and the manger of Incubators.org.  In this article, she shares her expertise knowledge of how to pick the right incubator for your hatching needs.  

While there is still snow on the ground, it may be hard to believe that spring is just around the corner. Yet, if the groundhog is to be trusted, spring is only about a month away. For many of us, this marks the beginning of the most exciting time of year- hatching season!

Whether you are hatching chicks for profit or pleasure, you need the right tools to get the job done. While some breeders prefer to let Mother Nature do her thing, many enjoy the experience and control of hatching using an incubator. However, with so many options available on the market, it can be a bit intimidating to choose the ideal incubator for your hatching needs.

So how do you know which incubator is the right one for you?
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UCP Guest Blog 003: Why Some Eggs Fail to Hatch by Jordan Walker


Hatching Chick

Jordan Walker has always been passionate for animals. He loves to share his knowledge and expertise about the animal kingdom through pet-related blogs. He leads the content team of Coops and Cages. In this article, he shares the reasons why some eggs fail to hatch.  

Eggs that fail to hatch can be a really great disappointment. Aside from being a waste of time, sometimes, it can be a very costly experience. In order to avoid future losses, it will help to identify the problem from the very beginning. Here, we will discuss all the possible causes of hatch failures.

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UCP Blog 020: Tiniest Egg EVER!

Fairy Egg, Regular Egg and DoubleYolker - photo by Jen Pitino

Fairy Egg, Regular Egg and DoubleYolker – photo by Jen Pitino

My newest flock members (a set of five pullets – three Blue Bresses and two Sulmtalers) are not all laying quite yet.  The Sulmtaler pair, (which I’ve named Frick and Frack) is definitely laying semi-regularly.  The Blue Bresse hens though are much smaller than the Sulmtalers and not laying at all.  Well, not laying at all until recently.   Continue reading

UCP Blog 015: Mini Egg Discovered Inside Regular-Sized Egg! (VIDEO)

Mini Egg Inside an Egg - Photo Courtesy of Linda Alvarado

Mini Egg Inside an Egg – Photo Courtesy of Linda Alvarado

I was recently emailed by Urban Chicken Podcast listener, Linda Alvarado who shared a photo and a short video of a miniature egg discovered inside a regular-sized egg laid by one of her backyard hens.  She found this strange, soft-shelled little interior egg when making breakfast recently.

Here is what Linda wrote to me:

This weekend I found an egg inside an egg when I was fixing breakfast. When looking it up I came across your article and thought you might like to see.



Check out the video I made of Linda’s egg inside an egg: 


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UCP Episode 050 – The Incredible, Edible Egg: Nutrition Expert Liz Wolfe Explains Why Eggs are a Perfect Food

Liz Wolfe Author, Nutrition Expert, Chicken Enthusiast

Liz Wolfe Author, Nutrition Expert, Chicken Enthusiast

If you have backyard chickens then you probably abound in your birds’ gift of eggs, eggs and more eggs.  Your backyard bounty is delicious, nutritious and delightful, right? Conventional medical “wisdom” over the past few decades would say, “Nay!”  Current medical dogma would have you believe that eating eggs regularly (especially the yolks) will likely give you dangerously high cholesterol and lead to heart disease and your ultimate demise – boo, hiss!

Where did all of this anti-egg propaganda begin and is it even factually true?  Liz Wolfe, is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, backyard chickens enthusiast and author of the recently published book, “Eat the Yolks.” In her latest book, Liz deconstructs the myth behind the disparagement of the incredible, edible egg, by shedding light on how a handful of misconstrued studies were hijacked by big food companies to create a generation of “fat-free” carb eaters.

Liz joins us on the Urban Chicken Podcast to explore the fact that eggs are nutritionally a “perfect” food – and not the orbs of death as they have been maligned to be. Liz also discusses her own journey to chicken ownership and Paleo eating, with eggs as a key component of that new nutritional lifestyle (not diet!)

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