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Incubating equipment: everything you need for a successful hatch - and how to use it.

So you're thinking of incubating and hatching your own chicken eggs but you're not sure where to start?

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You've come to the right place!

Before you think about ordering hatching eggs, you'll need to have all the equipment in place to allow for a successful hatch.

When you're just starting out, the choice between different types of incubators alone can feel overwhelming.

Which is where this page can help.

Here you'll find links to all my reviews of the equipment you'll need to see you through.

This information takes you from the moment you set the eggs in the right incubator, to watching as the embryo grows into a chick, and finally seeing your baby chicks hatch out.

Click on any of the images or on the titles and you'll go straight to that page.

This page is written in two sections: firstly, links to reviews of incubating equipment and secondly, links to pages explaining how best to use it.

Part I: incubating equipment.

How to choose an incubator.

How to choose an egg incubator - link.

There are dozens of different types of egg incubator, and technology means that new features are being added to old favourites all the time.

Before you spend what can amount to hundreds of dollars, this article considers ten factors to help you decide which features you need and which you can do without.


Incubators: Brinsea's Mini Advance.

A review of the best small incubator ever - link.

Ideal for anyone who wants to incubate up to 7 full sized or 12 bantam sized chicken eggs.

This incubator is particularly good if you have children, or you're hatching at school.

Discover its features and benefits, the pros and cons, and watch my short video about how to set up the Mini Advance.


A bigger incubator: the Brinsea Octagon 20.

The Brinsea Octagon Advance review - link.

If you want to hatch up to 24 chicken eggs, this is the place to start. 

From the basic model right up to the all-singing, all-dancing automated version, this article examines the pros and cons of the model, the advantages of the humidity pump and why Brinsea claims it can help stop the spread of the dreaded incubator bacteria.


A homemade incubator.

Homemade incubators - link.

Is it possible to make a DIY incubator at home? What are the pros and cons? And how successful are they in terms of hatch rates?

This article takes advice from local farmers in Italy who have been using a particular type of homemade incubator for generations, with a good level of success.

And I provide details of four different ways you could make your own at home.


Egg candlers review.

Review of Brinsea's egg candlers - link.

This article looks at the candler, which will become a critical part of your incubation process. Through it, we can look at the inside of an egg as it develops.

From why to use a candler at all to a review of everything from the basic model to the more advanced, it's crammed with information.

Use it to make a true assessment of which will best suit your needs.


After you've hatched: brooder lamp reviews.

Review of chicken brooder heat lamps - link.

So your chicks are coming up to hatch and you need to provide them with some heat. 

This article covers why heat is critical for chicks and why traditional heat lamps can be a real danger.

It then reviews two of Brinsea's radiant heat lamps, their drawbacks and advantages.


Part II: How to use incubating and hatching equipment.

How to set up the Brinsea Mini Advance incubator.

Brinsea Mini Advance incubator - review. Link.

This article covers in detail how to set up the Mini Advance.

It includes details of how to store your eggs immediately before incubating them, how to prevent bacteria during incubation and what the correct temperature and humidity levels should be.

It includes a short video showing exactly how to set up the digital settings for the best possible results.


Candling: how to do it.

How to candle eggs - link.

From the history of candling through to using hand held lights, this article details how to candle eggs.

With examples of what to look for at different stages of egg incubation, it provides links to more detailed pages about what's going on in the egg on different days.

It also has information about how to make two different types of inexpensive do-it-yourself candler.


From incubator to brooder: all you need to know.

From incubator to brooder : when and how - link.

So it's all worked perfectly. Your chicks have hatched, your brooder is set up. Now what?

The last hours in the incubator and the first in the brooder are critically important for the successful raising of baby chicks. 

Here's a step-by-step guide for all those who know in theory what needs to happen but need to hear about the practicalities.


Hatching chicks? Here's a guide to patterns to look for

Join my step-by-step guide to incubating and hatching chicken eggs - link.

In this section, you'll find articles which look at the patterns to expect when incubating and hatching chicks, from setting the eggs to hatch day.

Each part contains one week's information about incubating equipment, what's happening to the embryo day by day and what to look for when candling the eggs.

It's been called "My bible" and "An amazing resource which we have come to rely on". Don't miss it!


The best book about incubating and hatching chicken eggs.

Review of one of the best books about incubating and hatching there is. Link.

There is a huge amount written about how to incubate and hatch. Some of it is excellent, a lot is misleading and much is plain inaccurate.

This book is where I go to whenever I'm unsure of information or want to confirm something about incubating and hatching

My edition is well-thumbed. Yours will be, too.


Other pages about before and after incubating chicken eggs.

Preparing fertile eggs for a successful hatch - link.
How to choose the best chicken eggs for incubation - link.
How to handle, pack, transport and care for fertile chicken eggs. Link.
Incubating chicken eggs - an overview. Link.
All about caring for new chicks. Link.
What treats can chicks eat? - link
Link to Raising Happy Chickens home page.