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Sanitation and handling are the key to successful incubation hatching.

How you handle the eggs is actually crucial to your success or failure as a potential expert in incubation hatching. You won't believe how sensitive young birds can be to bad sanitation. Even how you handle the eggs can be so important. Try not to choose eggs that happen to be dirty for incubation hatching. The eggs that are dirty have a greater chance of infecting your young birds with various diseases.

At the same time, you mustn't think that it's acceptable to clean a very dirty egg yourself. It just doesn't work that way, because each egg has an almost invisible coating on it that helps stave off disease producing organisms, and wiping the eggs, or cleaning them in any way can actually remove their coating, resulting in a greater chance of disease bearing organisms invading the egg. This is a classic example of how interference on your part can actually have a negative effect if you don't know exactly what you're doing. As a matter of fact, wiping the eggs can actually help push disease bearing organisms right through the shells, leading to the very situation that you're trying to avoid in the first place.

A mistake people often make is to take careful care of the incubating eggs, but to handle them carelessly before the actual process of incubation begins. This is a serious error, and leads to more problems in incubation hatching than we might at first imagine. Remember that the egg is a young life from even before you begin to incubate it, and needs the requisite amount of care. Treat it carelessly at this stage, and you will suffer losses in the hatching process that can easily be avoided. One important point to remember when you collect eggs for incubation is that these eggs need to be collected on an extremely regular basis, ranging from between three to five times every day. This ensures the highest viability in the eggs.

How you store the eggs is extremely crucial. There will always be a period between when you collect the eggs, and when you put them for incubation, and storage during this period must be attended to carefully if the eggs are to remain viable. The place in which you store the eggs must be both cool and reasonably humid, with temperatures hovering around fifty five degrees of Fahrenheit, and with humidity as high as up to seventy five percent. Eggs stored for incubation hatching under these conditions will remain viable for a reasonable amount of time.

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