Many people choose to raise chickens. Some use it as a commercial venture, but others just do it for a hobby — the birds are quite easy to raise, and make fun pets. Fertilized eggs do require special care, however, if they are to hatch into healthy chicks.
How to Select Hatching Eggs
The first step in the selection process involves weeding out all the cracked eggs. These can be cooked or thrown away, because they definitely will not hatch. The most common way eggs are chosen for hatching is by a process called candling. This process distinguishes the duds from the eggs that have chicks growing inside.
- Use a small bedside-sized lamp with a 60-watt flood lightbulb installed.
- Cut a 2-inch hole into a thick piece of cardboard. The egg will sit on this hole.
- Hold the cardboard over the operating floodlight and place the egg on the hole.
- Observe the egg and check for a bacteria ring, a porous or cracked shell, or a growing chick with blood vessels.