Tuesday, June 4, 2013

How to incubate poultry using a styrofoam style incubator

This is not supposed to be an exhaustive step-by-step explanation on how to incubate poultry eggs. You'll find there's A LOT of ideas out there. This is whats worked for me using one of the best inexpensive incubators out there-
Little Giant Deluxe Egg Incubator Combo Kit

For starters-below is how to correctly incubate eggs:

One of my guinea hens sitting on almost 30 eggs!

Short of that we can incubate eggs with a Little Giant Deluxe Egg Incubator Combo Kit! Like the one below...

 If your hatching chicken eggs-

1) Plug in the incubator and make sure the temperature is steady at 100 degrees. I know most say 99.5 degrees but in this incubator you want to be at 100 degrees, 100.5 degrees if you don't have a still air fan. I use 2 thermometers and a hygrometer. You want 50% humidity for day 1-18, then 75% for the last few days. You can add water to the tray on the bottom, spray the insides of the incubator (not the eggs), or put a damp paper towel inside the incubator to adjust humidity.

2)  Place the eggs in the incubator. Hopefully you have an auto egg turner-like below-if not mark one side of the egg with an X and the other with an O-and hand turn once in the morning and once in the evening...I suggest an auto turner like the one below. Stop turning the last 3 days of the incubation period.

3) After about a week you can candle the eggs by placing them on a bright flashlight in a dark room. You should be able to see veining and/or a small dark mass inside the egg-this means its fertile.

 41 chicken eggs fit in this turner.

 The motor turns the eggs one full turn every 2 hours-too slow to see.

 Here's the turner fit into the incubator.

 I use two thermometers in case one goes on the fritz. The thermometer on the right is also a hygrometer.

A piece of advise-once you find the sweet spot temperature, mark it with a small point permanent marker. It can be hard to find if you accidentally over-adjust.

You can purchase this set up on Amazon by clicking the link below.

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