1. A First Look at Incubation

    Today I first began my research on egg incubation. I decided to start with ducks. Two questions immediately came to mind, and this is where I started. The questions were: “What do I need to do?” and “What do I need to buy?”

    I started with the first question, ‘what to do’. I found some answers at You basically Put them in a 98 to 99.9 degree (F) incubator at 50 to 55 percent humidity, and turn them three times a day (or more, but always an odd number of times). You do this for 24 days. On day 25, however, you decrease the temperature to 97-98 degrees (F) and increase the humidity to 70 percent. On day 28 they should hatch, and what you do next is crucial to their survival. Let them dry of most of the way, then move them to a ‘brooder’. This ‘brooder’ must be at least 6 sq. in per duckling, have hay, water, food, and

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  2. Common reasons why eggs don

    Common reasons why egg don’t hatch – Part 2

    A few weeks ago I posted a list of common reasons why eggs sometimes don’t hatch.  I reviewed things like humidity, weak eggs and infection.  Here are four more things to consider.

    Rough handling – It is becoming more and more common to have fertile eggs delivered to us through the post office.  With the availability of eggs from popular sites like and McMurray Hatchery, it’s getting pretty simple to find just about any kind of breed you may be looking for.  But this comes at a price.  I don’t mean a price in dollars, I mean a price in hatch rate.  Many sellers are pretty good at packaging their eggs so they make the journey un-cracked, but who knows what kind of roller coaster ride they went through to make it to your doorstep.  And occasionally the post office will X-ray packages for safety reasons.  As a general rule, wh

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  3. Turning or not Turning? That is the question

    The Little Giant and HovaBator automatic egg turners work the same way, that is they both use an extremely slow turning motor (1/240 RPM to be exact)to gently rock the eggs back and forth. That means that for you to see the motor make any movement you would have to stare at it for about twenty minutes. Many customers do not realize that this is the case and assume that their turner is broken because it is hard to see any movement.

    So how do you determine if your turner is working or not? The answer is simple; first make sure the turner is plugged in (sounds like common sense but it has happened before) and then check it every hour. The automatic turner completes one back and forth rotation every four hours so in one hour the turner should have completed a quarter turn and in two hours a half turn and so on. If you chec

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  4. Common reasons why eggs don

    We all know it can be very frustrating when you invest time and money to incubate a batch of eggs and then get a very poor hatch rate.  And so often you are left wondering what in the world went wrong.

    We have made it a habit of investigating each of our hatches to determine, to the best of our ability, what went wrong and what went right.  We wait until at least a couple of days beyond the due date to ensure any late developers still have a chance to hatch.  Then we break open each of the unhatched eggs to see what we can learn.  I would like to describe the common issues we find and also those that others in this field of study have found.  Please note that this list is not in any particular order.    

    Unfertile eggs – Occasionally we are given reason to smile when a well-intentioned person has to be reminded that the rooster has a very important role in the process of bringing new chicks into the world.  Yes, eggs must be fertilized in order for t

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  5. Introducing the All-In-One IncuView Tabletop Incubator

    IncuView All-in-One Tabletop Incubator

    We are proud to announce that the long awaited IncuView™ all-in-one egg incubator is finally available for purchase.   In an effort to provide an incubator that comes with the technology of more expensive incubators and everything you need to successfully hatch eggs we have created the IncuView™ all in one incubator.

    Here is a list of some of the key features:

    Proportional Heat Control- The IncuView™ has a proportional thermostat similar to thermostats found in expensive high end incubators. The

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  6. Why Stabilizing is Important

    Many of our customers ask us why it is important to stabilize their incubators for 24 hours before placing eggs in them.  The main reason is to make sure that the incubator is functioning correctly. Even though the majority of the incubators we sell never have any issues; there is the occasional unit that doesn’t function correctly.  Occasionally customers do not follow this step and have eggs in the incubator when they realize the incubator is malfunctioning and they lose a batch of eggs.  

    It is also important to allow the incubator to stabilize for an extended period of time to make sure it is going to operate correctly for the location. Often when customers set up their incubator and initially stabilize it the room temperature stays constant long enough to hold a stable temperature, and they will set their eggs thinking that nothing is going to change. However, the room temperature changes enough over a 24 hour period that the incubator is not able to maintain a constant

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  7. How to calibrate a thermometer

    IncuTherm Thermometer Hygrometer

    Having an accurate thermometer is a key component to successful incubation. One of the challenges with thermometers is that it is difficult and most of the time expensive to find an extremely accurate thermometer. This is why when you are considering which thermometer to use or purchase it is important to pay attention to the stated accuracy range. 

    The accuracy range is how close to the actual temperature the thermometer can measure. For example the IncuTherm™ series thermometers stated accuracy is plus or minus 1 degree F; this means if the thermometer is reading 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit the actual temperature could be up to 1 degree F higher or lower tha

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  8. Hatching duck eggs (incubating duck eggs)

    Years ago when we first started getting in to egg incubation, we were told that hatching quail eggs was one of the most difficult types of birds to hatch.  So when we started getting really good results with quail, we were feeling pretty good about our hatching abilities.  But I have learned that there is another type of poultry that can also be tricky to incubate: Ducks! 

    As you consider duck egg incubation, there are a few key differences than other non-water fowl.  And these items make a big difference!   

    First of all, most breeds of duck eggs take about a week longer than chicken eggs.  And some (Muscovy ducks, for example), take two weeks longer.  The extra time in the incubator means more time for little variables to add up and go wrong.  The temperature needs for ducks are the same as for chickens and most other poultry, but the moisture requirements are different.  Ducks get wet and so the eggs naturally are

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  9. Making Fermented and Cultured Food with the IncuKit DC and the 100W IncuKit


    100 Watt IncuKit

    IncuKit DC



    Here at we specialize in products designed for incubating different types of eggs. However we have had some customers purchasing some of our items to make fermented/cultured food such as kombucha tea and kefir just to name a couple. The most popular item that we sell for this purpose is our heat mat, but we have also seen customers us the IncuKit DC and the

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  10. Brinsea Mini Advance Product Review

    We finally decided to do it.  We are now stocking the Brinsea brand of incubators.  We do not carry their full line of products, but we do carry most of their desktop incubators.  Today I will be reviewing the Brinsea Mini Advance.  The Mini series has 3 incubators the Brinsea Mini Eco, Brinsea Mini Advance, and Brinsea Mini Advance EX.  Below is a detailed summary of the difference between the three

    brinsea Mini Compariosn Chart


    Here is a picture of the contents of the box (I left a few promotional papers out of the picture)

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