Eggs to be placed in the incubator
should be clean free of cracks and damage etc. This will reduce the amount of
bacteria in the incubator. If a commercial egg cleaning product is used the
humidity may need to be increased 5-10%.
Set up your incubator 24-48hrs
prior to placing the eggs. This way you can make sure it is functioning
properly. The incubator should be placed in a room that has a steady temp.
If eggs have been stored in a cool
area allow them to reach room temp. for at least 6hrs. prior to placing in the
When placing eggs in the incubator
either place them on their sides or with the large end up. If you are hand
turning an X should be marked on one side of the egg.
Eggs that are hand turned should be
turned 180 degrees at least 3 times daily.
The temp. should be set at 99.5
degrees F. (I have found in my search 99.25-99.75 degrees F.)
The temp should not be adjusted
during the first 24 hrs. The cooler eggs will cause the temp. to read lower.
The eggs should not be turned during this time. Turning starts on day 2.
The wet bulb reading should show
relative humidity of 55 to 60% (again I have found recommendations from
50%-65%). This is a wet bulb reading of 84.9-86.7 degrees F. You will need
a hygrometer and a conversion chart for this. Most incubators that come with
hygrometers provide conversion charts.
Vents on the incubators need to be
adjusted as directed by manufacturer. Venting is increased during the hatch.
It is important to candle the eggs
every 7-10 days and remove any non-fertile or dead embryos.
(Clink On University Of Nebraska)