The hatching season has begun for exhibition poultry breeders. (Does it really ever end?) I’m hatching Orpingtons, Australorps, Welsummers, and Plymouth Rocks here in January and February. But, my Sumatras usually don’t start laying until March. I hatch a few in the incubators and then let the hens go broody to hatch and raise their own. Sometimes the hens will share the chicks, as seen in this photo.
Doug Akers, Indiana