And the incubation routine
- Eggs must have marking with breed and date. They are to be stored with large end up. Tilt the tray each time you add eggs
- Set eggs at 6pm on Sundays
- Never wash eggs
- Eggs are placed in trays in the large incubator (incubator 1) with the large end up.
- The eggs need to be turned a minimum of 3 times a day. Not turning eggs caused them to pip but die in shell as they are stuck to shell wall.
- If power outage – plug in battery back up after one hour. Do not open incubator during power outage
- Candle eggs on day 10 (a Wednesday) to look for veining and movement. You cannot candle quail. Remove all eggs on day 10 that are clear. Report candling results to me.
- If incubator smells, find bad egg and remove it.
- On day 15.5 (Tuesday Morning at 6am) move quail to hatcher
- The quail should hatch on Wednesday. Remove from incubator on Thursday at 4pm
- On day 19 (Thursday at 6pm) move chicken eggs to hatcher. Separate breeds into baskets.
- The chicken should hatch on Saturday and Sunday. Remove from incubator on Monday at 12MD
- On day 21 (Sunday at 6pm) move chukar to hatcher
- The chukar should hatch on Tuesday. Remove from incubator on Wednesday at 4pm
- On day 22.5 (Tuesday morning at 6am) move Guinea to hatcher
- The Guinea should hatch on Wednesday or Thursday. Remove from incubator on Friday at 4pm
- Clean all trays in a solution of 30ml bleach to 4 liters of water. When the hatcher is free, clean with same bleach water solution.
- Chicks should be leg banded. They should have their beaks dipped in water as they are put in brooder and some feed should be spread on a piece of cardboard. One long feeder and waterer to every 20 chicks
- Heating lights – on during night and day for the first ten days then at night only for ten days. A 50w is sufficient for up to 40 chicks and use 2 lights for more than 40 chicks
Humidity ventilation and temps are sorted and stable. Its just a routine of setting turning candling and moving