There are several things to check when one is looking for the perfect Chicken Egg Incubator. Poultry incubation can be a fun and profitable project, just as long as you have the right equipment and the right frame of mind. Here are a few tips you can consider during the search:
1. A good chicken egg incubator does not have to be very expensive nor very sophisticated. Even the most basic type with just the egg tray and the air vents will do. What is most important is that you maintain the necessary conditions for your eggs to hatch properly and completely.
2. Poultry incubation requires a working knowledge of your desired animal typebe it chicken, duck or even reptile. So before going out and purchasing an incubator, spend time in a library or on the computer. Read about the development and life cycle of your chosen species and know them by heart. You never know just when the back up knowledge will come in handy.
3. If you can, solicit advises from experienced producers. Having been around eggs and incubators, they will be sure to give you more practical, not to mention sensible tips than any website or books will ever do. Remember, this project will take time and effort. Do not waste both by half-hearted attempts.
4. Know what you need from a chicken egg incubator and stick to it. Nowadays, manufacturers have come up with a lot of new features for these machines. While there is nothing wrong with these changes, for a beginner, it can be confusing. Stick to the basics during your first run. Eventually, you will be able to take on those more sophisticated versions and make yourself a nice hefty profit in return.
5. All things held equal, pick a chicken egg incubator with accurate readings of temperature and humidity. These two are the most important factors that will affect the development of your chicks. Any variations or fluctuations will cause abnormalities. Too high a temperature arrests growth in your embryo while too low will delay hatching. Humidity will affect the moisture content of your eggs, which in turn determines how your chicks are nourished while inside their shells.
6. An incubator should have air vents that allow normal exchange of air. Check that these vents are not obstructed and big enough for large amounts of air to pass through. Ensure that there is more than one. Not only do these vents allow air exchange, they will also help prevent overheating the surface of your eggs. Keep in mind that no amount of turning will even out the distribution of heat and moisture if proper air circulation is not allowed.
Now that you know what to look for, the next thing you will need to find out about is where to find a good chicken egg incubator. These days, many manufacturers sell their products online. Take time to study their websites and pick what you feel best suites your needs. Good Luck!
Rick Condie has long been interested in poultry raising. He wants to help incubator enthusiast and professionals to learn more about chicken egg incubators and benefits. If you want more resources regarding egg incubators please come and visit us.
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