Incubating Eggs

You want to make sure that you have an incubator, and that you know how to use it!

When collecting eggs for incubating you want to remember that you do not wash the eggs or wipe eggs clean with a damp cloth.

Avoid excessively large or small eggs. Do not incubate eggs that are excessively misshapen. You want to hatch “perfect” eggs.

You can collect eggs for one week, keeping them in a cool place until you are ready to put them in your incubator. Store the eggs with the small end pointed downward. Do not store them in the fridge!

I turn our eggs at breakfast, lunch, and supper, I keep our incubators in the kitchen so it's easy to remember.

If you are using an automatic turner is to remember to turn it off and remove the turner when you need to stop turning the eggs when you lock down your incubator.

You are going to lockdown your incubator three days before they are due to hatch. Meaning, you are going to stop turning them, and you are going to stop opening the incubator.

It takes about 21 days for chicken eggs to hatch. You might get some hatching early or a day or two late.

You can learn more, in detail about hatching your own birds, chicken, quail, turkey or whatever, in our Poultry Incubation Course.

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