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Controlling climatic conditions to provide the best results in incubation hatching

Carefully controlling climatic conditions is the key to making a success of incubation hatching. Only too often a poultry owner will be careless in controlling temperature or humidity, and then will wonder why they have low hatching rates and a large number of fatalities among the young chicks. A momentary temperature variance means little, but if this is sustained for even a short period of time, it can have serious consequences for the growing embryos within the egg.

Other factors can also negatively influence the development, and indeed, even the survival of the embryos within the eggs. You'll find that if you start to think of the eggs as young embryos, that you will make far fewer mistakes than if you were to think of them merely as eggs. When you think of the developing eggs the as young embryos, you'll realize that they require the same level of care as any very young creature, and this will help you avoid common mistakes that people make when they try their hands at incubation hatching.

Having said this, you will understand that providing for other environmental factors, such as proper and adequate ventilation, is also crucially important. The good news is that if you can maintain environmental factors adequately, breeding young hatchlings is a reasonably easy and predictable process. An incubator that uses a forced air process is considered to be most reliable, but other types of incubators can be used as well. Completely stable temperatures are a must during the entire breeding process.

Different incubators use different temperatures to achieve results, so be certain of what the settings are for your incubator before commencing the process. In case of a forced air device, the accepted temperature range is usually about a hundred degrees on the Fahrenheit scale. Generally speaking, a fluctuation of temperature of less than a degree should not alter your chances of success, but if temperature variation persist, they will certainly have disastrous consequences for the hatching process, with the great number of the eggs either not hatching, or hatching into weak or diseased chicks.

You will find that the period require for hatching is directly influenced by variations in temperature. Keep temperatures too high, and you will find that your brood will hatch early; keep them too low and you will see that they hatch considerably later. As you can see, considerable care is necessary if your hatchlings are to survive incubation hatching.


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