Hatching Eggs In An Incubator

  • The hatching stage is the last 2-3 days of incubation.
  • Chicks hatch out of the shell during the hatching stage.
  • Do not turn the eggs in the last 3-4 days of incubation.
  • During the hatching stage the automatic egg turner needs to be turned off and removed, before placing the eggs on the bottom of the incubator.
  • The temperature and humidity should be kept at the required levels for the types of eggs in the incubator.
  • When the eggs start to pip allow 24 hours for the hatch to complete as the entire hatching process can take between 10 and 20 hours.
  • Most eggs will hatch within the incubation period, but sometimes weaker chicks may hatch a day or two later.
  • Only remove the chicks when their feathers are dry.
  • Move the chicks to a brooder with water and food as soon as possible, because excessive time kept in the incubator can dehydrate the chicks.
  • Discard any unhatched eggs after four days of the main hatch.
  • Remember to thoroughly clean and disinfect the incubator after each set of eggs have hatched.

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Incubation: A Guide to Hatching and Rearing