Incubation of eggs is a very interesting process. For families with yards or children at home, incubating eggs can bring fun and understand the birth process of new life. This will be a very meaningful activity. According to the laws of nature, it usually takes 21 days for a hen to successfully hatch a batch of eggs.
Because most families do not have hens for incubating eggs, then this is a good substitute-egg incubator.
Before starting to hatch the eggs
All the necessary materials must be prepared before starting the incubation.
1. Eggs that can hatch chicks. Note that the eggs here are not the eggs in the mall. These eggs cannot hatch chicks. You'd better buy fresh eggs from the hens from the farm or where the poultry is kept at home. This will ensure that every egg can hatch a chick.
2. Incubator. You'd better buy an incubator with the original ecological hen incubation model to ensure that the egg incubation environment is close to the natural state.
After the materials are ready, the process of incubating eggs is officially entered.
Warm up the incubator
In order to ensure that the incubator is at a constant temperature, it is best to place it in a corner to avoid direct sunlight, which may cause temperature fluctuations in the incubator.
After placing the incubator, set the parameters of the incubator. It is recommended that you can buy this chicken egg incubator with LCD display, which can clearly display the temperature.
1.Temperature setting: The temperature of the chicken incubator is best set between 99 and 102 degrees Fahrenheit.The optimal temperature is best maintained at 100.5 degrees Fahrenheit. If the temperature is lower than the optimal temperature, the hatching of the chicks may be delayed, and too many embryos above the optimal temperature may die because of the heat.
2.Humidity setting: The humidity of the hatching box is best set between 50% and 65%. The optimal humidity is best maintained at 60%.
Day 1: Put the eggs
After the incubator parameters are set, you can put the eggs. Because chickens are social animals, at least 6 eggs should be placed at a time.
Of course, you can incubate more eggs at one time. The maximum capacity of this incubator is 24.
When placing the egg, the tip of the egg should be placed underneath, and the larger end should be placed on top. This can prevent the misalignment of the embryo and ensure that the chick successfully breaks the shell.
Day 1~18: Turn the eggs every day
In order to prevent the embryo from being on the yolk instead of being squeezed between the yolk and the egg white, causing damage to the hatching of the chick, the egg should be flipped at least 3 times a day, and it is better if it is flipped 5 times. This can also effectively prevent the chicken from sticking to the eggshell.
Remember, it is best to wash your hands before turning the eggs, because the gaps in the egg shell are very small, and you may bring bacteria to the eggs.
In order to prevent forgetting how many eggs you turn over each day, you can mark the eggs with a marker or number them directly. This way you can tell which eggs have been flipped and which have not.
Of course, if you use an incubator equipped with automatic egg turning function, you don't have to worry about turning eggs. Just set up the automatic egg turning function of the incubator.
Day 7~10: Test the eggs with light
From the 7th to 10th day, the embryonic development of the egg is relatively mature. It is possible to illuminate the egg with a special flashlight to observe the development of the embryo.
If the egg is still transparent, it means that the embryo has not developed from the beginning and the hatching has failed. You can take it out of the egg incubator.
If you can see bloodshot eyes in the egg, and there are obvious dark areas, then that dark area is the developing embryo, and the egg development is successful.
If you take out the eggs one by one from the incubator, the irradiation will inevitably affect the temperature in the box, so this is to be careful not to open the incubator for too long.
But if you use this incubator with LED lights, you can avoid taking out eggs one by one for irradiation. This incubator has a small light under each egg to directly illuminate the egg and observe the development of the embryo.
Day 18~21: Waiting for incubation
In the last three days of the incubation period, most of the eggs have already formed. It is possible to stop turning the eggs and wait quietly for the chicks to break. Under normal circumstances, a normally developed egg will hatch successfully within 24 hours. If the chicks have not hatched by the 21st day, and there is no error in the hatching process, you can wait for another two days. Some embryos with developmental delays hatch later.
Ensure humidity and ventilation
During the entire egg incubation process, ensure that the humidity is maintained at the originally set temperature, and add water to the incubator regularly during the process. Note that in order to keep the temperature constant, it is best to add warm water when adding water.
If you buy this hatching box, there is a water injection port on the outside, you can add water without opening the incubator, which will minimize the impact on the incubator.
It is best to ensure that the incubator is in a ventilated state during the incubation process.
This 24-piece chicken egg incubator is equipped with twin turbo fans and is well ventilated.