Artificial brooding is currently gaining popularity across the globe although many small scale farmers suffers alot for they cannot afford the high cost of this modern incubator. This gives them a challenge mostly when their hens fail to go broody after laying a good number of eggs.
Before the introduction of artificial incubator, hens used to lye on their eggs to provide the necessary conditions for hatching to occur. These conditions includes; optimum temperature, proper humidity, egg turning and proper ventilation.
These are the conditions that were improvised to be provided in the artificial incubator for high hatching accuracy to occur. These conditions can as well be provided at home for eggs to hatch efficiently. The good thing with this homemade incubator is that it is inexpensive since it is made from locally available materials. Here are the simple steps to follow when making a homemade incubator.
Make a small hole at one end of a styrofoam cooler or a small box. This hole is meant for a 25 watt light bulb.
Using chicken mesh, partition off the side of the cooler where the bulb seats. This is important as it protects chicks from getting burned.
Place your digital thermometer and humidity gauge on the side where the eggs will be. Ensure that these equipments works properly and with high accuracy.
Provide a source of humidity by putting a bowl of water and a sponge in the same side where the eggs will be. Humidity is a crucial factor and therefore, this step is very important.
Put fertilized eggs that were laid within the week and then turn them occasionally at an angle of 45. After 21 days, you will have your chicks hatched.
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