Learning guide

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The operating instructions for the Easyhatch machine are provided separately and these should be ready in conjunction with the notes that follow.

Quick definitions (timelines based on chicken eggs)

  • Setter: Compartment in the incubator fitted with egg trays. The trays are fitted on racks which turn the eggs periodically for a period of 18 days.
  • Hatcher: Compartment in the incubator where eggs are transferred for hatching. Eggs in this compartment are placed directly on the basket/mat lying on their side as from day 19.

Standard Combination Incubator
(Setter and Hatcher in one machine)

Stand-alone hatcher (for use on the last 3 days of a cycle)

In some smaller models, the egg tray(s) have to be removed from the incubator after the setting period to make room for hatching.

The Incubator should be placed in a well ventilated room away from direct sunlight. The temperature in this room should be regulated between 18 and 26°C.

The incubator should not be placed directly on the floor as this may affect the performance. Place the machine on a wooden pallet or any other platform that clears it from the floor.

We recommend you set humidity at 60% and temperature at 37.5°C for chicken eggs, quail and peacock eggs. Settings may differ for waterfowl and other bird eggs.

The egg trays turn automatically and the user can set the frequency of turns as desired depending on the model of the machine. Refer to incubator manual.

The incubator should be cleaned after each and every hatch with an incubator disinfectant or equivalent. Continuous use without disinfection will gradually reduce hatchability and increase mortalities in the shell.

Eggs to be incubated should come from a flock with a rooster and the hens ideally should be laying for 4-8 weeks to ensure good fertility. Eggs from the supermarket are not fertile and as such will yield no results.

Eggs should be stored with the large end up and rotated twice a day at an angle of 45 degrees.

The egg storage temperature should be between 16 and 20°C

Eggs should be stored for not more that 7 days if good results are to be expected on incubation. As from day 10 the fertility decreases rapidly and a moderate hatch should be expected from such eggs if incubated.

Fertile egg after 9 days of incubation

Eggs that have been couriered or transported for a long distance should be allowed to stand for at least 24 hours before incubation.

Eggs for incubation should be loaded onto trays with the sharp-end pointing downwards.

Fresh eggs can be loaded into the machine every week (selected models) and similarly a weekly hatch can be expected. Eggs should be taken out of storage and placed in the incubator room 24 hours prior to placement in the Setter. This allows the egg temperature to adjust to room temperature.

Never incubate cracked or deformed eggs. The chances of these eggs hatching are very remote. It is recommended you candle eggs at day 10 and remove all infertile and/or damaged eggs as these may spoil your hatch.

On day 18/19 chicken eggs are ready to be transferred into the Hatcher which is usually a basket or mat for combination machines. Remove eggs from the tray and place into the basket. Hatching should start on day 20 and be complete on day 21/22. Please note these timelines apply to chicken eggs and may vary for other types of poultry.

Once eggs have been transferred to the hatcher avoid opening the machine as this leads to losses in humidity and subsequently suffocation of chicks which are to hatch.

Easyhatch incubators are suitable for all poultry eggs which include chicken, goose, quail, duck, emu and ostrich. Below is a table that provides information on incubation periods and point of transfer for various poultry eggs.

Total incubation time to hatch, time for transfer to hatcher
Bird Name Period (Days) Transfer at day
Canary 13-14 11
Chicken 21 18-19
Dove 14 12
Duck (common) 28 25
Muscovy Duck 35-37 31-33
Finch (Zebra) 14 12
Domestic Goose 30 27
Geese (various 22-30 20-27
Grouse 24-25 22
Guinea 28 25
Mynah 14 12
Budgerigar 18 15
Chukar Partridge 23-24 20
Peafowl 28-29 25-26
Ptarmigan 21-23 18-20
Raven 20-21 17-18
Ring-neck Pheasant 24-25 21
Pheasant (various) 22-28 20-25
Pigeon 17-19 14
Bobwhite Quail 23 21
Japanese Quail 17-18 15
Swan (various) 33-37 30-33
Turkey 28 25
Emu 49-50 47
Ostrich 42 39
Rhea 36-42
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