How To Choose The Right Incubator And Eggs For Hatching

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Hatching your own eggs can be a really fun experience, not to mention really rewarding too. Raising your own pets or even having farm animals is a really great experience, especially when you get to be with the animals from start to finish.

With an incubator you can pretty much hatch anything that comes in an egg. (Here’s our list of recommended chicken egg incubators.)


You can use an incubator to hatch everything from chickens, ducks, and geese, to things like lizards and turtles too. Note, anything other than birds is pretty difficult to do, so for the purpose of this tutorial we will be sticking with bird eggs.

This process may sound easy, because after all, it’s only hatching some eggs right? The fact of the matter is that it actually takes quite a bit of hard work and dedication to be able to hatch eggs well. Perhaps the most important part is choosing the right incubator as well as the right eggs.

If either the eggs or the incubator aren’t the right fit, then you may end up with a bunch of eggs that are never going to hatch. Here we have a few tips on choosing the right eggs and the right incubator o you can hatch as many eggs as you want.

Choosing The Right Eggs For Hatching

Choosing the right eggs is probably even harder than choosing the right incubator. First of all, if you have your own hens then choosing the eggs isn’t as hard or as important because you know your own chickens and we are sure that your raised them well.

On the other hand if you are buying eggs for hatching then you need to follow a few tips to make sure you get good eggs that will actually hatch.

Only choose eggs that have no cracks in them. Cracked eggs will most likely never hatch due to the damage. Also cracks may let in bacteria which could spread disease to the chickens or whatever birds you are trying to hatch.

Don’t rely on your naked eye for seeing cracks because even the smallest of hairline fractures shouldn’t be present. Use a candling device to shine light through the eggs in order to see any cracks.

Also make sure that the eggs you choose aren’t too dirty. Dirty eggs may spread bacteria around in the incubator which could kill the birds. Clean the eggs with a wet towel before putting them in the incubator; do so very gently.

Choosing The Right Incubator For Hatching

Choosing the right eggs is only half of the equation and in order to successfully hatch the eggs is choosing the right incubator for the job. Follow these tips on choosing the right incubator to get the job done.

Some Help From Videos

If you still aren’t sure which eggs or incubators to choose, you can always watch these videos to get some more advice. Here’s a good video to help you choose the right incubator.


Also, here is a video to help you choose the right eggs for incubation: