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How to Raise Baby Chicks : How to Select Chicken Eggs for Incubation

I am Dr. T.K. Roy. I am speaking on behalf
of Expert Village. The main purpose of the incubation room is to simulate the natural
process of hatching in an artificial way by putting the eggs in a hatching machine. Here
you see an egg tray containing 30 chicken eggs. Now these are brown-shelled eggs that
is produced by brown feathered poultry and this is a white egg from a white plumaged
poultry. Now there are different sizes also. Now these are very small, this must be from
the hen that has newly started laying and this is the big size maybe from the older
birds. But you see, this particular egg is very dirty. When it was collected from the
nest, the nest was not very clean so it has accumulated dirt on it and dirty eggs spoil
very early. So care should be taken to clean it up as soon as it is laid or collected from
the nest. So instead of putting it in a bucket of water, it is better to clean them dry.
That is you can take some sandpaper, you can take some cloth, and very slowly you remove
the dirt and keep it in your store. You can keep the eggs seven days in summer months
and about 10-12 days in winter months before it gets spoiled. We are to select the sound
egg, the big size egg and the proper shaped eggs. So after the selection, when there are
incubators, not many of them, out the eggs with the broad end up inside the incubators.
The temperature is maintained at 102 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the incubation period
of 21 days. Chicken eggs require 21 days to hatch. Duck eggs can also be hatched by this
machine and the time requirement is 28 days and the temperature variation a little high
humidity and temperature for the duck eggs. Thank you very much.


  1. Frederick Dunn Author

    They say White feathered hen, white egg, brown feathered hen, brown egg. Ear lobe color is a better source for color of eggs is it not? Inconclusive as an incubation video.
    Not sure that anything is really shared of value here?

  2. tomaskas Author

    he's indian btw

    but you should never clean an egg, the egg has a natural defense system around it, and cleaning the egg will just wipe away the defense. an egg is fine dirty, it wont stop a chick being born and it wont be tasted coz you dont eat the shell. leave dirt or poo on the egg.

  3. SkydiverVikki Author

    dry cleaning the egg is fine as it leaves on the protective 'bloom' of bacteria – putting very dirty eggs into the incubator is introducing bad bacteria into there and the more you can guard against that the better.

    I agree also with the first comment about egg colour, plumage colour has no bearing on egg colour, I have brown hens that lay white eggs, and white hens that lay darker eggs.

  4. sujaysukumar123 Author

    2 things:
    1. Video is informative, the guy knows his bit.
    2. The hens shown in the video have open beaks, a sure sign of thirst

  5. lostshadows22 Author

    we got this awesome chickens that r so friendly that wen they r full grown, they wld watch another get mauled by a fox insted of running. they also stretch their legs soemtimes too, theyre funny, and they get feathers on the feet too lol

  6. Diego Corrêa Author

    His accent looks asiatic Indian. Well, at least for me it look pretty obvious.
    I suggest you try to understand accents better. Internationals too. Maybe by watching an abroad show. Because you know, the americans aren't the only ones speaking english and the Indian population is hugely growing.
    But well, it isn't automatic for me to understand him either. Just saying.

  7. EMILCAT7 Author

    The doctor says that the incubation temperature is set to 202F for the whole duration of the incubation. My question is: Since most of the sites recommend 95,5F for incubation… Is there any advantage on setting the temp that high? Is there a higher porcentage of hatches with 202F??? Are there more females hatching than males with such a high temp??? Please! If anybody knows this feel free to answer. Thanks!!


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