The aim of every farmer at the time they are setting their eggs inside an incubator is to get maximum success. In fact, there is no farmer who expects that some of their eggs should fail to hatch healthy chicks and when that does happen, it does happen against their highest wishes.
However, the desire to have a successful incubation process does not happen automatically because there is no easy success in poultry farming. That is why every farmer needs to understand the factors that will contribute to the success or failure of their hatching project. This understanding should also be translated into practical measures to ensure that the project produces success.
The aim of this article is to share with you tips that will open your eyes to some of the mandatory ingredients of a successful incubation process. These tips are highlighted below and they will be explored further in the successive paragraphs that lie ahead of this post: position the incubator in the right place; use circulation air kits where necessary; pay attention to sanitization; maintain consistency of timing when turning eggs and; the capacity of the incubator.
Position the incubator in the right place
Positioning the incubator in the right place is one of the most important factors that will determine the success of a hatching project. This is because the positioning will determine the level of temperature and fresh air that the eggs will be exposed to. Make sure that you position the incubator in a room that has plenty of fresh air and consistence temperatures so that the eggs do not get exposed to drastic temperature fluctuations.
Use circulation air kits where necessary
If it isn’t possible to get a room that has stable temperature, you may need to look for an alternative way of achieving stable temperatures in the incubator. You can do this by using a circulating air fan kit in such a room so that you can achieve stable temperatures.
Pay attention to sanitization
Sanitation is another indispensable ingredient that needs to be incorporated in the success mix of any hatching project. You need to make sure that your eggs are sanitized before setting them for hatching. In addition, you need to sanitize your hands before handling eggs prior to setting and also when they are in the incubator. You also need to sanitize the incubator so that your eggs do not get exposed to germs.
Maintain consistency of timing when turning eggs
Another ingredient that you need to include in the incubation mix is the when you turn your eggs during the incubation process. You need to ensure that you turn your eggs thrice every day but also at the same time. If the first turning is 9.00 am, you need to do the turning every other day at the same time.
The capacity of the incubator
For you to achieve higher success rate out of the incubation process, set the incubator with the right amount of eggs as per its holding capacity. If your incubator can hold 48 eggs, don’t set it with 53 eggs because if the incubator is overloaded, there will be poor ventilation and as a result the eggs will not hatch well.
To wind down, let us look at the main points that we have covered. First of all, successful hatching is a result of many combined factors that work together and not just the wish or desire to succeed. These factors are varied and they work as a cluster and for you to achieve maximum success in any hatching project, make sure that you incorporate each one of them appropriately so that you can succeed in your project.