Hatching Chicken Eggs in a Incubator -How to Hatch Chicken Eggs in a Incubator

HATCHING CHICKEN EGGS IN AN INCUBATOR


It is important that before you put any eggs into an incubator, which you first make sure that, you have plugged it in and have ascertained that the temperature remains between 99.5 and 103 degrees. Once that is done you can now go ahead and place the eggs into the incubator. If you are going to have to turn the eggs by hand then it is advisable that you put a marker on each egg, such as a cross on one side and a circle on the opposite, because turning the eggs is important. You will need to do so as least three times a day.

If you fail to turn the eggs for some or other reason you will end up with either deformed chickens or none of the eggs will hatch at all. Another important feature of the incubator is that there must be adequate moisture inside it at all times. This does not need to be a problem, as simply placing a dish with water inside it in the incubator will take care of the moisture level quite adequately.

Just because you have decided to incubate the eggs does not mean that you will succeed in having ever egg hatching. Some eggs do not hatch, especially if they are cracked or damaged in some way. These develop odors and should be removed from the incubator. Once the egg has been in the incubator for two or three days, you can determine if there is an embryo by holding the egg up to a candle or other light source.

Humidity is extremely important when hatching chicken eggs in an incubator. Within an egg is a tiny air bubble that forms and this air bubble are dependent upon the humidity of the air. The more fluid that is lost the faster the bubble will grow. By maintaining the correct humidity in the incubator the bubble is prevented from growing to such an enlarged state that the fluids that are essential to the final growth of the embryos are lost. If the bubble is too large because the humidity has been excessive, the chick may not be able to reach the bubble, meaning that it will not be able to break through the membrane wall in order to pick his way around the shell and breaking the bubble off. Instead the chick will break through the shell in such a way that the fluids from underneath the bubble can then drown him.

If humidity as been too low, the bubble will be too big and the fluids under it will have dried up. This may result in the embryo being deformed of the chick could find itself stuck to the shell, desperately trying to dislodge it. After a couple of hours and chick that is stuck can be relieved by removing the top of the shell.

Eggs that are not in the normal position can cause the embryo to be disoriented within the shell, and develop in such a way that the head is at the narrow end. In that position, the chick is likely to drown.

Also, as mentioned above, eggs must be turned regularly so that they hatch. It is essential in the early stages of development but not so in the last days of incubation, when the chick is preparing to hatch. It is important that when you decide to incubate chicks that you understand that the success of the venture will depend largely on proper care.

Unsatisfactory results are usually caused because the temperature was not controlled properly resulting in a humidity level that was either too high or too low. But as mentioned, egg turning, ventilation and sanitation all play a part in the successful incubation of your chicken eggs.

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Lgali 7 years ago

good info


hannah 7 years ago

seems alot of work. On TV they just leave them there


hannah 7 years ago

seems alot of work. On TV they just leave them there


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ChickenHouses 6 years ago from North Central Florida Author

not sure what you mean, can you clearify?

thanks


Uzma Aaqib 6 years ago

now I know!!!!! I will get it right next time.Thanks


hilton 6 years ago

hi, i need kerosene operated incubator holds 100 chicken eggs


trymer 5 years ago

very helpful! Thank you :)


Lianda 5 years ago

I`m from South Africa. I wish I know where to buy ecuipment in this country.

The information is exeptional, thank you!


molly 5 years ago

my eggs are turning but not turning around why is this ?


Gilbert - Tanzania 5 years ago

i now understand i faced a big loss last week as i used to tune the eggs twice a day thanks


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crystolite 5 years ago from Houston TX

Nice information which is well shared to every bodies understanding and which i learnt a lot from.


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Sun360 5 years ago

Excellent tips you actually shared in here which am grateful to come in contact with.


Chickenhouses 5 years ago

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peggy 5 years ago

I have eggs in the incubator. 21 days no chucks. Should I crack the shell? Can you test the egg by the floating tech.?


Chickenhouses 5 years ago

I would give the eggs a couple more days. Did you candle them on the 10th day? That would have told you if the gets were valuable or not


cathy 5 years ago

im on day 23 and nothing the last time i candled was before lockdown and they were all moving


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ChickenHouses 5 years ago from North Central Florida Author

Well its time to open a couple of them to see what happened. Was your humidity at 55-65%, they could get stuck in the shell and die.


olapade ahmed 4 years ago

wao this is fantastic!


AAMIR SHAHZAD 4 years ago

IS AIR circulation COMPULSORY AND WE MUST NEED SOME HOLES IN OUR INCUBATOR


James 4 years ago

I want to how long will take for the chicken to finish hatch?


chickenhouses 4 years ago

Chicken eggs take 19-21 days to hatch. You count from the first day you put them into the incubator, you stop turning them on the 18th day, and from the 19 - 21 days they should hatch


James 4 years ago

Will some the chickens be able to die when hatch?


edgar1990 4 years ago

Hi I put eggs in my incubator and in the first day I woke up the tempature was at 113 I fixed it u think they will be okay since it was the first 8 hours


edgar1990 4 years ago

Hi I put eggs in my incubator and in the first day I woke up the tempature was at 113 I fixed it u think they will be okay since it was the first 8 hours


royskii 4 years ago

My incubator lost power for about 12hrs. it still okey? how many hour the egg still okey, if the power supply is interrupted.


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ChickenHouses 4 years ago from North Central Florida Author

at 113 temp I would not count my chicken before they hatch. I am doubtful that they will hatch.


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ChickenHouses 4 years ago from North Central Florida Author

you may get a few to hatch but I wouldn't count on it. Temp and humidity is crucial for incubation


edgar rivas 4 years ago

So basiclly there dead


royskii 4 years ago

My incubator lost power for about 12hrs. it still okey? how many hour the egg still okey, if the power supply is interrupted.


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ChickenHouses 4 years ago from North Central Florida Author

i would finish the incubation you may be surprised, if after 21 days none hatch then they are dead, open the eggs up to see how far they developed.


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ChickenHouses 4 years ago from North Central Florida Author

you may not get any to hatch, but continue with the incubation and after 21 days if none hatch open them up to see how far they developed.


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ChickenHouses 4 years ago from North Central Florida Author

ouch you may have cooked them. 113 is very high temp


edgar rivas 4 years ago

But it was the first day


justtara24 4 years ago

I don't think the humidity level was high enough for the first week as my incubator was reading 45 but sponge inside dry and water pump didnt make any movements/sound. I think the incubator may be faulty.I have sprayed eggs today with light mist. Would the first week be crucial if humidity was low?


shuppfarm 4 years ago

how do you candle a brown egg? We seen dark spots on some of the lighter ones but couldn't see anything in the darker ones. Is there a technique to candeling?


James 4 years ago

Hi i want to know what kind of medicne will give the hen to make the eggs big?


hayles 4 years ago

I had a chicken lay 11 eggs in my shed what's the best way to get them to hatch or do u think they even will ? The mother comes and sits on them but not continuously


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ChickenHouses 4 years ago from North Central Florida Author

do you have a rooster with your hen? if you don't the eggs will not be fertile, if you do then the hen will know when its time to sit on the eggs and start the incubation, but do be warned that some hens are not mothers and she may not sit hence eggs going bad.


James 4 years ago

The chicken start laying what will i give them to make the egg big?


Brandy 4 years ago

Using a Little Giant still air incubator, how do you tell what the humidity level is at?


Mick 4 years ago

James, feed them some nice food :)


leah 4 years ago

i have 2 eggs and i candled them and in on i could barly see the air bubble what does that mean? and the other egg i have i candled it and all i could barly see the air bubble what does the mean ?? HELP ME!!


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ChickenHouses 4 years ago from North Central Florida Author

When you candle them can you see any kind of development? The air bubble gets smaller as the embryo grows. It take 21 days for a chicken egg to hatch, I would let nature take its course.

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