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Hands sculpting a hatching pot.
Sculpt the mixture into a round bowl shape, with two small holes on one side.

Heifer project partners like Parul Khatun working on poultry businesses in Bangladesh often make hatching pots  to increase the well-being and production of their hens.

Hatching pots, also called hajol, give hens a comfortable, safe place to incubate eggs. The two small holes at the front of the pot make it possible for hens to access food and water without leaving their eggs. Otherwise, the hens have to leaver their nests and go searching for sustenance, which usually means fewer eggs end up hatching.

Parul and her flock of chicks.
Parul Khatun with her flock. She marks the chicks to distinguish them from her neighbor's flock.

Here’s how Parul made hers:

  1. Create a mixture of soil, chopped straw, cow dung, sand and cement mixed with water so that the consistency clay-like and moldable.
  2. Sculpt the mixture into a round bowl shape. Make sure it’s flat on the bottom and extra thick on one side.
  3. Sculpt two more smaller holes in the extra wide part to hold food and water trays.
  4. Dry it in the sun. If cement is used, spray or sprinkle water on the pot every 10-12 hours while drying.
  5. Put some straw in the big bowl and chicken feed and water in the little bowls, and you’ve got yourself a hatching pot!

Parul credits hatching pots as a major factor in her poultry business’s success. "I was in the dark and struggling to make ends meet when I was introduced to the hatching pot by Heifer Bangladesh," said 21-year-old Parul Khatun. "It has opened a new door for my livelihood." Teaching farmers about hatching pots is an example of what we mean when we say that Heifer provides livestock and training to our project partners. 

If you want to help provide a flock of chicks and training to a farmer like Parul, you can do just that right here. 

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Heifer International

Heifer International is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization working with communities to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth.