Purchasing and using the egg incubator for your chicken has been on the rise over the last few years. With the help of websites like sofreshchickens.com, farmers can now get themselves a hold of brooding chicks. It is only natural to want to play with some fertile eggs from your stock after a certain level of success in brooding chicks.
Sometimes you just want to hatch your turkey or Noiler eggs by artificial means, if you’re like us, having some turkeys, noilers, cockerels, and broilers; the new feeling of hatching chicks and poults is enough to make you want to do that, combined with the money you’ll save.
There are some factors you must consider when you start considering buying an egg incubator.
Source of Power
This is the main reason we didn’t buy an egg incubator until we discovered the way out. Most incubators run on electricity, and an uninterrupted power supply was required for the incubation process. If you’re in our country, Nigeria then you’ll agree we’re paying for electricity but don’t get to use it. But let’s cut back on that chase. There are some egg Incubators are available with inbuilt inverter. Alternatively, you can get your own inverter unit and connect it to a battery. You will have your egg incubator device running without having to think about PHCN for an additional cost of N12, 000 – N24,000.
The price of Egg Incubator
Honestly, this is the second reason we hadn’t owned an egg incubator before. Until recently when portable incubators began to take over from the market, the majority of available incubators were large and expensive. The price of an incubator largely depends on its size, automation settings, and manufacturer. So, if you choose an incubator now, you’ll get one within your budget range. For as low as N30, 000, you can get a small automatic egg incubator, and the big ones could run into millions.
The scale/size of the Egg Incubator
Price is one factor, but the size is another. If what you need is a big one that can hatch hundreds or even thousands of eggs at a time, you don’t want to get a small incubator. Buying a huge incubator, which you don’t even have the room to hold, also doesn’t sound right. Consider room, and how many eggs you’ll need to hatch each time. This will help you choose from the wide array of available incubator sizes.
Control of Temperature
The incubator for chicken eggs should have temperature control capability for optimal performance. Most incubators come with thermostat function to keep a steady temperature. But the thermometer is what counts for you. During the incubation process, you should be able to view temperature reading at any point. Some even come with an alarm device to warn you when unexpectedly the temperature gets out of control. It is important that you get one with an alarm system, because for a long time you don’t want things going bad.
Choose Egg Incubator with Moisture Monitor
Also, moisture is very important when you want to achieve high hatchability. You’ll need to get an egg incubator with a moisture monitor. That essentially tells you how wet or dry the air is within the hatching machine. Each stage of the hatching process requires the required humidity. You want your incubator to be set and you want to be able to track what is going on inside.
How easy can you keep an eye on your egg incubator?
It’s easier to be able to take a peep at what’s happening inside the incubator without opening it all the time. For this reason, most portable incubators come with transparent plastic or glass that covers some of it.
Some have the sides with clear plastic while some manufacturers use a clear cover. Both large incubators of a cabinet type have glass doors. So look for an incubator that will give you a clear enough view to see the eggs, and the chicks when they start hatching.
And then, Cleaning Facility as finality
The hatching should be complete within 21-28 days depending on the type of bird. After this, a thorough cleaning and disinfection is required. Having an easy to clean incubator would make the cycle quick. Most portable incubators are readily cleanable.
However, the material used as well as the presence or absence of tight corners that cannot be reached when cleaning is still to be considered. If you’re going for a large incubator, make sure the cleaning is simple.
The tips above will help you select the right incubator for chicken eggs but there’s more to it. You will need to pay attention not only to the description of the incubators by the manufacturers but also to user reviews. I hope you find the right egg incubator for your birds.