How to Hatch Eggs in an Incubator

Baby Chic Hatching


Hatching chicken eggs is a fun and rewarding experience. Incubation hatching takes all the guesswork out of this process, as the eggs are kept at the ideal temperature and humidity. An automatic turner ensures that the eggs receive the correct amount of warmth on all sides which is the most challenging part of hatching poultry.


Once the temperature is set within the optimum range, the turbo fan on the incubator circulates the air to create a uniform heat throughout the unit. Since improper temperature or humidity levels account for most of the poor results in poultry incubation, follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for the correct way to select these functions. A quality incubator is able to control these important setting both economically and electronically.


Until the chicken eggs hatch in the incubator, you need to ensure that the electrical connection is dependable. Make sure the plug fits snugly in the outlet and there is no possibility of it becoming separated from it. Locate the incubator in an area that isn’t subjected to temperature fluctuations. Don’t place it near a window where the heat of the sun can raise the temperature and possibly kill the developing chicks. The temperature shouldn’t vary by more than one degree from the selected settings.


Chicken eggs take about 21 days to hatch and during the last 3 days of incubation, the humidity level should be increased to 65 percent.


When healthy baby chicks break free from their shells, you will realize the important role the incubator played in their lives.


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