To produce a baby chicken, you need a fertilized egg. Fertile eggs will only hatch if they have been incubated – and this takes 21 days of careful incubation under specific conditions. There are different ways to hatch fertilized chicken eggs, but by far the best way is how Mother Nature intended – allowing a broody hen to hatch and raise her chicks. But just how do you hatch chickens under a broody hen?
Incubator humidity is one of the crucial factors for the successful hatching of chickens. From placing newly hatched fertilized chicken eggs in the incubator until the chicks’ beaks pip through their shells, humidity levels determine their development. Simply put humidity in the incubator is so important that it’s the difference between new chicks and eggs.Read more
After incubating chicken eggs, you live by faith. From the 1st day to the 20th day, there is very little you can see unless you do a close inspection. From the 20th day, the first sign of success happens, pipping. However, even at this stage, it’s not a guarantee that the chicks will hatch. Sometimes the chick pipped but not hatching.Read more
Egg candling is an easy and harmless way to monitor signs of development in eggs. After a few days of incubation, shining a bright light on a poultry egg can reveal what’s going on inside it. Candling eggs lets chicken owners maximize the chances of successful hatching. It also reduces the risk of exploding eggs or cracked eggs in the incubator.Read more
Sometimes you may have fertile Chicken eggs that are waiting till you have enough to incubate. Whether you wish to incubate eggs artificially in an incubator or intend to place them under a broody chicken, you can store them for a certain period before doing so. But, storing them correctly will be the difference between having a good hatching rate and not hatching out any chickens.Read more
Chicken egg incubators provide the perfect environment for eggs to develop and hatch healthy chicks. The best chicken egg incubators have automatic settings to ensure that eggs are at the optimal temperature for hatching. You can use incubators for chicken eggs to look after eggs your hens lay. Or you can buy eggs ready for hatching and place them in your egg incubator.Read more