The object of successful incubation is to match as closely as possible the conditions the egg would experience under a broody mother.

This includes constant temperature, movement of the eggs, and moisture. This varies amongst the different species of poultry and also depends on the breed.

Chickens

Length of incubation in days: 20-21

Incubation Temp: 38-390C

Relative humidity: 60%

Cooling of eggs daily: 10-15 minutes on days 7-18

Sprinkling with water: warm water during cooling

Number of times turned daily: Twice up to day 18

Length of hatching: 1-2 days

Ducks

Length of incubation in days: 28-33

Incubation Temp: 390C

Relative humidity: 70%

Cooling of eggs daily: While turning

Sprinkling with water: Warm water

Number of times turned daily: Twice on day 2-26

Length of hatching: 2-3 days

Geese

Length of incubation in days: 28-35

Incubation Temp: 390C

Relative humidity: 75%

Cooling of eggs daily: Cooled for 15 mins

Sprinkling with water: Soaked for 30 seconds in hot water (380C)

Number of times turned daily: Thrice, at regular hours, up to day 25

Length of hatching: 2-3 days, high humidity

Turkeys

Length of incubation in days: 27.5-29

Incubation Temp: 380C

Relative humidity: 60%

Cooling of eggs daily: cooled once

Sprinkling with water: twice

Number of times turned daily: twice

Length of hatching: 2-3 days high humidity

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