||Have your incubator ready and running at operating temerature
two days before add fertile eggs.
||Upon receving your eggs, let your eggs set at 50 to 60 degrees
room temperature (do not refrigerate). Eggs should set for 6 to 12
hours prior to putting into your incubator.
||Temperature should be set according to your incubators' manual.
temperatures in general are:
Chicken, Bobwhite Quail, Chukar Partridge, Pheasant,
|Peacock, Goose, Turkey
Temperatures above are for forced air incubators. Still air
incubators require a slightly higher temperature. Still incubators
require 1 to 3 degrees higher operating temperature.
||During incubation, the eggs should be turned 3 to 5 times per 24
hours if you do not have an automatic turner. (make sure your
hands are clean when touching the eggs!) Stop turning the eggs
3 days prior to hatch or remove turner from incubator if using
- Eggs turned more frequently increases hatchability. Eggs
turned odd number of times and on a regular schedule also
- In still air models, when turning your eggs, move them to
different locations each time to offset temperature variations
which occurs in incubators with no fans.
||Humidity: Again follow your incubators' manual. In general
moisture levels should be: (for first 18 days)
50 to 55 percent relative humidity
83 to 87 % f on a wet bulb thermometer
Three days prior to hatch, humidity level should be
65 % f
89 - 90 % f wet bulb. Excessive drying because of low humidity
will cause chick to stick to the shell and fail to survive. Also
remeber too much humidity can cause hatching problems also.
Note: If unsure about humidity, it is better to be to low
than two high.