TYPES OF INCUBATION
- 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
- 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