Many people are so enthusiastic about hatching their own chicks using an incubator. However, very few take time to research on the best method of incubation, how to take care of the eggs, how to select fertile eggs etc. Neochicks Poultry Limited is dedicated to ensure that you know everything about incubation process in order to ensure that you get the best from your incubator.
Below are a few tips to follow when selecting hatching eggs are:
- Select eggs from breeders that are well developed, mature and healthy; compatible with their mates and produce a high percentage of fertile eggs; (3) are not disturbed much during the mating season; fed a complete breeder diet;
- Avoid excessively large or small eggs. Large eggs hatch poorly and small eggs produce small chicks.
- Avoid eggs with cracked or thin shells. These eggs have difficulty retaining moisture needed for proper chick development. Penetration of disease organisms increase in cracked eggs.
- Do not incubate eggs that are excessively misshapen.
- Keep only clean eggs for hatching. Do not wash dirty eggs or wipe eggs clean with a damp cloth. This removes the egg’s protective coating and exposes it to entry of disease organisms. The washing and rubbing action also serves to force disease organisms through the pores of the shell.
The cocks and hens you select have to be of good quality. It’s important that the parents are very fit. They have to look good; nice feathers, good tail, good cam and more. This is because:
– There is a big change that severances of the parent chickens will by inheritance to the baby chickens
– If the parents are not fit this can result in issues like large amount of non fertile eggs, dead embryos, weak chickens and more.
If you breed for shows I advise to use 2 roosters with 2 or 4 hens. Large amount of hens will only lead to large amount of chickens which are not up to the standard you require.
Also, you should avoid inbreeding at all costs. Be sure the elderly chickens are in good condition; well proportioned and healthy. Only then inbreed is no problem even if you use the brother/sister concept.
Other thing you can do is get new chickens but the issue with that is that you have a big change of creating new problems in your stock; not only in the properties of the chick but also think about deceases.