INCUBATING AND HATCHING YOUR OWN EGGS

There are several reasons to incubate and hatch poultry eggs artificially. One is to increase or maintain your own flock. In this case and understanding of poultry genetics will be helpful in selecting parents for mating. Another reason is as a classroom experience for K-12 students. 'Embryology in the classroom' is a popular activity and can be adapted for a wide variety of science, and non-science, topics.

INTRODUCTION

Embryology

Definitions of common hatchery terms (University of California)

HATCHING EGGS

It is important to start out with clean, fertile hatching eggs.

Contamination of hatching eggs (North Carolina State University)

INCUBATION

Incubation of poultry (University of Missouri)

Incubating eggs (Virginia Tech)

Hatching your own chicks (University of Maine)

Incubating eggs of domestic birds (Clemson University)

Incubating eggs in small quantities (University of California, Davis)

Quail

Incubating and hatching quail (Raisequail.com)

Quail incubation chart (The incubation times for different species of quail)

Guinea fowl

Obtaining and choosing guinea fowl hatching eggs (Guinea Fowl International Association)

How to prepare eggs for incubation (Guinea Fowl International Association)

TROUBLE SHOOTING FAILURES WITH EGG INCUBATION

It is unlikely that you will have 100% of your eggs hatch. If you get particularly low hatchability it is important to breakout the eggs that did not hatch to try and figure out what the problem was and make corrections for the next hatch.

It is also a good management practice to candle the eggs after the first week of incubation and remove any infertile or dead embryos.

Candling eggs (University of Illinois)

Egg candling and breakout analysis (University of California)

Common incubation problems: Causes and remedies (University of California)

Chick embryo malpositions and deformities (University of Florida)

INCUBATORS

Kemp's Koops (Eugene, Oregon)

Stromberg's (Pine River, Minnesota)

Building and operating a display incubator (Oklahoma State University)

Building an incubator (University of Illinois)

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