Egg Hatching Services

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Egg hatching services are vital to continue the food and egg production cycle. Recently, we have upgraded our incubator to a Brinsea which provides superior temperature and humidity control for egg hatching to improve hatch rates and decrease problems. Still air incubators can have highly varying temps throughout incubator with low quality temp and humidity sensors. The Brinsea incubator provides highly accurate and even tempratures throughout the incubator and automatic humidity controls. Egg candling occurs at day 7 and day 18 to track egg hatching and incubation process

Our incubator is free of hatching chicks, we use a hatcher. Also our incubator turns your eggs automatically.

In addition to our services, a livestream will be set up for you to be able to keep an eye on incubator and process from start to finish.


Cost per egg is $1.

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See our post about egg hatching

Post about raising chicks after egg hatching

Hatching Complications

Did you know that varying temperature and humidity can affect hatch rates and complications of your chicks?

Also, I found this helpful chart from Missisipi State University Website with complication findings and potential causes of the complication. Also Brinsea has a helpful chart as shown below.

Stable temps and humidty levels are key to prevent these problems!

Complication Table 1

ProblemPossible Causes
Chicks hatch late• Large eggs
• Old breeders
• Eggs stored for too long
• Incubator temperature too low • Weak embryos
• Inbreeding
• Incubator humidity too high
Slow (drawn-out) hatchMix of eggs (different sizes, different aged breeders, storage times)Poor egg handlingHot or cold spots in incubatorIncubator or Hatcher temperature too high or low
Sticky Chicks, smeared with albumen• Low incubation temperature • High incubation humidity
• Poor turning
• Old eggs• Very large eggs
Chicks stuck in shell, dry,
shell fragment stuck to feathers
• Low humidity in storage
• Poor egg turning
• Cracked shell or Poor shell quality
Premature hatching, bloody navels• Temperature too high
Small chicks• Small eggs
• Low humidity
• High temperature • High altitude
• Thin, porous shells

Complication Table 2

ProblemPossible Causes
Eyes closed, down stuck to eyes• Temperature too high in Hatcher
• Chicks remain in Hatcher too long after hatching • Excessive air movement in Hatcher
Exploding eggsDirty eggs from nestEggs not washed properly(eggs wiped or cleaned with contaminated cloth)Water condensation on eggsWater sprayed on eggsContamination from earlier explodersContaminations from handling with dirty hands
Dwarf embryos, runts in growing chicks• Egg contaminations
• Breeder diseases
• Nutritional deficiencies
Haemorrhage• Incubator or Hatcher temperature too high
• Rough handling at transfer
• Nutritional deficiencies (vitamin K or vitamin E) • Contamination
Swollen head and back of neck• Nutritional deficiencies
Small air cell, egg weight loss under 10%• High humidity
• Very thick shells • Low temperature
Exposed brain• High incubation temperature • Low oxygen levels=

Complication Table 3

ProblemPossible Causes
Unhealed naval, dry, rough down feathers• High incubator temperature, or temperature fluctuations • Humidity too high when hatching
• Inadequate nutrition
Weak Chicks• High hatching temperature • Poor Hatcher ventilation
• Contamination
Chicks malpositioned• Eggs sat small end up position • Inadequate turning
• Excessive turning at late stages • Too high or too low temperature • High humidity• Old breeders
• Round shaped eggs
• Nutritional deficiencies
• Retarded development
• Poor egg handling or storage conditions
Malformations• Poor storage conditions • Jarring of eggs
• Nutritional deficiencies • Inadequate turning• High or low temperature • Inadequate ventilation
Crooked toes, bent legs• High or low temperature • Poor nutrition
Short down, wiry down• Nutritional deficiencies (especially riboflavin) • High incubation temperature