Hatching season started in December this year, when the first batch of eggs went in the incubator for an early January hatch. At the height of the season, I had three incubators and a hatcher going non-stop. My units are small, none holds more than 40 eggs, so I’m not a large producer. But the chicks kept me busy enough anyway, not sure I would want to deal with more.

Now the last few Black Copper Marans eggs are cooking, and will hatch in two weeks. Then I’ll scrub my incubator room from top to bottom and clean and store all the equipment. I am tired of incubating now, but I expect the itch will start up again as January rolls around.