INCUBATION

TYPES OF INCUBATION

  1. Natural or Hen hatched – allowing a hen sit on the eggs until they are hatched.
    • Advantage – Machine problems are eliminated
    • Disadvantages – (a) Hens can spread diseases to newly hatched chicks. (b) Production is not efficient (c) Need to maintain more hens
  2.  Artificial or Incubator Hatched – hatching an egg using an incubator which is an enclosure having controlled temperature, humidity and ventilation.
    • Advantages – (a) Maximize hen productivity. (b) Prevent spread of disease from the hen to the newly hatched chicks.
    • Disadvantages – (a) Need to invest on an incubator and electricity. (b) Requires some technical skill to operate.

 

TYPES OF INCUBATOR

1. Still Air Incubator – without fans

 

2. Forced Draft Incubator – with fans