Gamefowl Hatching Eggs
Gamefowl eggs can come from a variety of ornamental chicken breeds. Once the eggs hatch, they may grow plumage with colors such as green, white, gray, red, and orange. Pure breed game birds are raised to compete in exhibitions, but they can also be kept as pets.How do you hatch the eggs once received?
It is important to care for the eggs properly to ensure that they hatch successfully.
- Use an incubator: The incubator maintains the proper temperature, airflow, and humidity that they require. It also turns the eggs regularly. The eggs remain in the incubator for around 21 days.
- Have a brooder ready: Once hatched, the chicks still need attentive care. A brooder should have a heat source, such as a lamp, and bedding on the floor, such as pine shavings. Fresh water should be available in a shallow dish, and a food dish with chick starter feed must be offered as well. The brooder should be cleaned regularly. The chicks will remain in it for several weeks.
First used for fighting before it became illegal, they are ornamental chickens that are not kept for either egg production or meat. They are bred for their colorful plumage, and they may even be entered into professional competitions. They are also a good choice for backyard chicken farmers, as they have a gentle temperament and can be easily tamed. Males must be kept on their own, and they can either be penned or allowed to free range. Females stay together in a flock and will form a pecking order to establish a dominant hen. If a male is kept with females, he will protect the flock and watch over them. As with chicks, clean, fresh water is essential and should be changed at least once daily. The birds also require a watertight coop with ventilation and a good-quality feed.What types of gamefowl are available?
The game birds come in standard size and bantam or miniature weights. Strains have originated from all over the world, and for some lines, standards are overseen by competitive organizations so that they may be entered in exhibitions. Others are not recognized for competitions. However, many types of cross-breeds are common for pets. Some of the common breeds of gamefowl include:
- Old English Game
- American Game
- Rose Comb