The Secrets of Successful Incubation Hatching
I wouldn’t advise anyone to go in for incubation hatching unless they actually know something on the subject. This is because not only do the eggs need to be hatched under extremely controlled conditions, but the young chicks also need a great deal of care, including vaccinations, if they’re to have an even chance of surviving their first ten days. That said, incubation hatching is not that hard to do if you have all the necessary information at your finger tips. And information is an easy to obtain commodity in today’s world. Anyone who logs onto the internet can find detailed information on just about any subject that they may require. Even if you haven’t done a course in poultry keeping you could still manage to incubate eggs and care for the hatchlings using information from the internet and a healthy dose of common sense.
The incubation itself is simply a matter of maintaining a certain range of temperature, as well as humidity, until the eggs are hatched. Of course the kind of incubator that you use will depend upon the scale upon which you’re operating your hatchery. The largest incubators usually use a system of directed hot air to maintain stable temperatures within the area of the incubator. If such an incubator is beyond your budget then you may opt for a smaller device that doesn’t use the directed air system, but which is cheaper, and which can handle a smaller quantity of incubating eggs. The first stage of incubation hatching is to have living areas prepared for the hatchlings. Preparing a living area for hatchlings is rather a specialized task in itself, because a bird’s life is more fragile in the first month, and especially in the first ten days of life.
Most birds require a specialized environment, as well as vaccinations against the most common diseases, to survive their first month. It’s not uncommon for careless hatchery owners to lose their entire stock of hatchlings to badly maintained living conditions and neglected vaccinations. The incubation period itself is relatively trouble free compare to the period immediately after hatching occurs. If you have a good incubator, it’s just a question of regularly checking temperatures and keeping the eggs at the right temperature for the breed of birds you’re hatching. Of course, this temperature range must be carefully maintained while engaged in incubation hatching but that’s not something that is all that difficult to do.