• Plan to remove chicks once a day, as every
time incubator is opened, warm moist air
escapes. Avoid chilling of wet chicks.
• Some chicks may be late in hatching, so you
can leave remaining un hatched eggs up to
two days longer.
When Hatching Begins -- Day 21
• Set up a brooder box.
• Get out feeder and waterer.
• Place wood shavings or other suitable class
"smaller" litter in the bottom of the brooder
• Regulate the temperature around 95 degrees
• Provide water and feed for chicks after they
are placed in the brooder box. Place marbles
or rocks in the waterer to keep chicks from
• Return hatched chicks to the Extension Office
or take them to the farm at the agreed upon
• Clean your incubator with a diluted bleach
• Allow to dry.
• Wash and dry feeder and waterer.
• Put incubator and other equipment away for
• Return evaluation.
• Dead Embryos
Before hatching time. Eggs haven't been
turned at least 3 times a day.
• Lack of ventilation.
• Incubator temperature set too high or too
• Breeder flock having poor hatchability or fed
• Eggs pipped but not hatched (Chick pecks
hole through shell)
Chicks dead in shells.
Shells sticking to chicks. Low average humidity.
• Low average temperature.
• Low humidity at hatching time.
• Excessive high temperature for short period.
• Hatching too early
With bloody navels. Temperature too high.
• Delayed hatch
Eggs not pipping until 21st day or later.
Temperature too low.
• Draggy hatch
Some chicks hatch early, but hatch is slow in
finishing. Temperature too high.
• Crippled chicks Abnormalities in
• Poor nutrition of hens.
• Incubator temperature too high.