Choosing the best egg incubator for your small business.
What Is The Best Incubator For Fertile Chicken Eggs?
Planning to start your own poultry business? Great! But where do you start? Well, first you’ll need to get a hold of either hens and a rooster, or fertile chicken eggs. It really depends on if you want full control over what your chickens eat from the very beginning. If you decide to go with adult hens, you’ll need to wait for the chicken to give eggs the natural way, but keep in mind this will take much longer than just purchasing your own fertile eggs. If you have decided to start by using fertile chicken eggs, then you will need to get an incubator to hatch the eggs.
We’ve figured out the hard part, but now we must tackle the technical part – which incubator should you invest in? There are a few things to consider when choosing an incubator. The first consideration immediately on most new business owners is the cost. While cost is important for budgeting, it is something you should try to push out of your mind when deciding. A cheap and seemingly good deal for an incubator may hide a big problem, such as the incubator is of low quality or has had issues in the past. On the flip side, just because an incubator is expensive doesn’t mean it is good. Research all possible options before deciding.
The next thing to consider when choosing an incubator is how many eggs you plan on incubating at one time. For a startup business you’ll be incubating fewer eggs to begin, but as your business grows, so will the number of eggs you incubate. With this in mind you want to choose an incubator that can accommodate your goals. Decide what the max number of eggs you’ll want to incubate at one time, and keep that number in mind as you make your decision.
The health and wellbeing of your eggs should be a top item on your list when considering which incubator you’ll purchase. With incubation hatching, you can be sure the chicks will be clean and lice free from the very first moment. However, for all this to be possible, you have to constantly monitor the incubation process. The incubation process can take up to 21 days and the temperature level must be monitored regularly; your chickens will only hatch when there is a constant temperature level. The best incubator should be the one that gives the ideal temperature level (at all times) that is needed to hatch the chicks. This plays back to our first concern: money. A cheaper incubator may not have proper temperature monitoring, and the last thing you want in an incubator is one where the temperature fluctuates – without you doing so. Modern day incubators have various options of temperature control. These controls make it easier to set the perfect temperature for your eggs to hatch.
Advanced incubator units give users the option of allowing fresh air to enter the unit. This is a great feature to have as fertilized eggs need a good amount of oxygen to get through the hatching process. Another great feature some incubators now have are built-in wet bulb thermometers that makes you aware of the humidity inside, helping you monitor whether or not the humidity and temperature within the unit is being maintained properly. Too much humidity is a very dangerous thing.
As a final note, before placing any eggs into your newly purchased incubator it is important that you have it running for a week. This allows you to monitor how the unit runs, without having to find out the hard way if something is wrong. Try checking out the incubator with a few eggs first instead of the whole load. If those turn out to be successfully hatched then you can proceed further. Be sure to get professional assistance or expert help if this all new to you.
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