Instructions for Incubator
The initial step if you want to be successful in incubator hatching is actually to set up an area for the young
chicks in advance.
Young chickens can be highly susceptible to a great many possible health problems, and if you do not house them
properly after they hatch, their mortality rate may well become unacceptably high.
Keep in mind the objective here is not just to hatch the chicks, but to have as many of them as possible
survive. There is absolutely no point in hatching a lot of chicks if you don't have the facilities to accommodate
them and to make sure that a good percentage of them actually survive. Once you've got your housing facilities
prepared, then you're able to move on to the job of hatching out the young chicks.
Bear in mind you will have to do a trial run or two using your incubator before you begin actual incubator
hatching. There is no need to place any eggs in it at this point. Eggs are extremely susceptible to hatching
conditions, therefore at this time, you'll want to be more focused on seeing if you are able to sustain a stable
range in temperature inside your incubator over a period of a couple of days at the very least.
After you are completely satisfied that you have positioned the incubator correctly, and that it will supply
stable hatching conditions for the eggs, it is time for you to take things one step further, and to actually put
your very first lot of eggs in the device. You will discover, if you are checking temperatures within the
incubator, that there will be a decrease in temperature inside the device right after the eggs are placed inside.
It may be your initial instinct to reach for the temperature control buttons on the device, however, you mustn't do
this under any circumstances.
Temperatures have dropped inside the incubator because the eggs absorb heat energy during the first phase of
incubator hatching. This is absolutely normal, and if you turn up the temperature on your incubator, this will
simply lead to your eggs being overheated. This can hinder the natural hatching process, and could even contribute
to you losing your stock of eggs.
Temperatures should become stable within a couple of days of placing your eggs inside, and should be maintained
from that point on. After that, incubate the eggs for approximately three weeks, and the young chicks should start
hatching at about that time. As you will discover, incubator hatching isn't a difficult process at all.
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