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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Joey8765, Dec 7, 2010.
What do you use as a hatcher and what is it's purpose?
Some people take the eggs out of an incubator at lockdown and put the eggs in a separate incubator set up purely for lockdown. The separate device is called a hatcher. This hatcher does not have a turner and is especially set up to provide the humidity and conditions required for hatching. You can have the humidity preset and cleaning may be easier. It also allows you to use the regular incubator for staggered hatches as long as you separate the timing by a few days.
I have an IM for the main incubation period - then put the eggs into a hovabator for the last three days. Its so much easier to have a second for hatching when setting eggs each week. Plus I have the hatcher beside my bed- So if they peep too loud or hatch during the night I am close at hand to check things out.
I use a separate incubator for a hatcher as I set eggs most weeks. Cleaning the bator after a hatch is difficult when you still have other eggs in there. I can hatch each week and not disturb the still incubating eggs- or worry about the higher humidity.