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The Beginner’s Guide to Incubating Eggs

The Beginner’s Guide to Incubating Eggs
By Little Fields Farm 7 months ago 2056 Views

Impressed by your neighbour’s mini fleet of chicks? Are you planning to breed chickens in the near future as well?

Backyard chicken breeding has become a trend in many British houses. It’s fun, it’s exciting and it’s got several benefits for you as well.

But don’t count your chickens before they hatch. While it is a highly productive and profitable activity to engage in, incubating eggs can turn into a disaster if done hastily. So, research well before you begin and while you are at it, read this comprehensive blog post to know the basics of incubating eggs.

Selecting an Incubator

It goes without saying that the first thing that you will need before buying eggs is a high-quality and reliable incubator. The success of your hatchling business is directly dependent on the use of an incubator so make sure that you choose a trustworthy one.

Cheaper or relatively inexpensive incubator might seem the economical option at first, but remember that their performance often declines with the passage of time. If you are really into chicken breeding or egg hatcheries and want to continue in this line for a long time, then buying a premium incubator is an investment that you ought to make.

The Size of the Incubator

Incubators come in sizes that can house from a few eggs to several thousand. Of course, the gigantic ones are for commercial breeding on a massive scale but you need to consider a few things as well.

If you are buying an incubator say, for instance, to demonstrate to your kids the wonderful process, then the smallest incubator will be sufficient. But if you want to raise a larger flock then even a medium sized incubator holding 20-30 eggs may still not be enough given that there are always a few eggs in every batch that are spoilt and so they do not hatch. Plus, some chicks don’t survive more than a couple of days and some will definitely be cockerels.

Therefore, consider these factors and the time period in which you want to grow your flock before finalizing the size of incubator that is right for you.

Other Factors

In your eagerness to get started, don’t forget various other factors like where to keep the incubator, how often it would have to be cleaned, who will clean it, and who will look after the chicks once they hatch. Also, take into account where you will source the eggs from and which breed you want to raise.

So, now that you know the basics of incubating eggs are you wondering which incubator will the best buy?

Consider buying high-class, dependable and greatly functional incubators like the Brinsea Incubators. It is a well-established local brand that has mastered temperature and humidity control, perfected proper ventilation, has excellent insulation and great tuning mechanisms.

What’s more, Brinsea offers a 3- year warranty on most of its incubators and have a wide array of products to choose from.

So, check out their range today.

Happy hatching!