Hatching healthy chicks. Tips .

           Debbs chooks at Nirvana Acres.


                                                    Chicken Egg Incubation Process

Before placing your eggs into the incubator, make sure the equipment has had 24hrs to reach and settle at the correct temperature and humidity. On average, it takes 21 days for a chicken egg to hatch from start to finish in an incubator.   You will need to maintain the environment automatically, which is very handy for newbie hatchers. Adding water into the pan in the incubator or covering the water in the pan can boost the humidity. If the humidity is to high add a sponge. If you don’t have time to check religiously the incubator, invest in one that does it all for you. It will be money well spent.

                                                          Things to remember.

. The temperature must remain at 37.6

. Humidity on and up to day 18 needs to be between 40% and 50%.

. Humidity for the last tree days needs to be boosted to between 65% to 75>#/span###

. If you are rotating the eggs manually you can draw and X on them to help keep track of the turning.

. Eggs do not need to be turned from day 18 onwards.

                                                    Hatching Day

It is very exciting day, watching chickens hatch is one of life’s little miracles. You will notice that a couple of days before hatch day, the eggs may be moving on their own. The chick is becoming active and getting ready to make their entrance into the world. You may also notice little holes in the egg this is where the chick is starting to hatch, pecking a little hole in the shell to take their first breath. Usually after this point the egg will remain dormant for 6 to 12 hrs. There is no need to Panic this is simply the chick adjusting to the oxygen and resting before the huge energy expenditure that it takes. When the chick starts to hatch refrain from helping them, no matter how awkward they look or long it takes. Hey they are more capable, and it saves any injury. Remember, they are tiny and weigh a matter of grams! Leave the chick to adjust once they have hatched. You will notice their feathers are wet, leave them in the incubator to dry of. They can stay in incubator for 3 days max. Once they are fluffy pop them in your brooder.                                                    Enjoy and good luck with your hatching