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Incubation hatching : Ensuring that chicken eggs in your hatchery hatch correctly

Incubation hatching chicken eggs isn't at all difficult - the real difficulty lies in caring for the young chickens once they're hatched. This can be quite a task, and you shouldn't even begin any incubation hatching unless and until you have the facilities necessary to looking after the young chicks. Of course the traditional method of hatching eggs is to actually have live hens sit on the eggs, and this is an excellent way of doing things if you happen to have breeding stock, or if you're breeding chickens professionally. But if you're only interested in hatching the eggs and selling the young chicks, then you might well have to use an incubator.

Now there are all sorts of incubators on the market today, so choosing the right one can be a little difficult, and can depend on your needs and requirements when you go about incubation hatching. One of the best varieties that are used by people interested in large-scale hatching uses a large fan to force warm air on to the eggs. This results in an even distribution of warm temperatures, and is the next best thing to actually having hens sit on the eggs. On the other hand, this device can be a good deal more expensive than smaller models, so if you're only interested in doing small batches, you can go in for incubators that are smaller and which rely upon a heating system that does not involve moving air around the inside of the incubator.

Now you need to be sure that you test the incubator well in advance of actually using it, or you might well lose your entire stock of hatching eggs. Hatching eggs are sensitive to changes of temperature as well as in humidity, and you'll need to ensure that these are more or less constant within the body of the incubator before you actually go ahead and use the incubator to hatch live eggs.

I would recommend a testing period of about an entire day, with careful testing of humidity levels as well as care taken that temperatures remain stable. After this point, the incubator is ready to use. Remember that an incubator must never be kept outdoors, no matter what the weather might be like. Keep it indoors and it will function better and more reliably and more of the eggs you put up for hatching will hatch successfully. Remember to ensure that air can move all around the body of the incubator, as this is necessary for successful incubation hatching.

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