To increase the chances of successful incubation, follow these practical tips when selecting hatching eggs:
Source eggs from healthy and disease-free flocks: Ensure that the eggs you choose come from healthy parent birds free from any infectious diseases. Healthy parent birds yield healthier eggs with higher hatching rates.
Inspect eggs for cracks or flaws: Cracked eggs or those with flaws should be avoided, as they can compromise the integrity of the shell and hinder successful incubation. The shell should be smooth, without any cracks or pockmarks.
Maintain proper storage conditions: Eggs should be stored in a cool and dry environment with consistent temperatures around 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit. Avoid storing eggs in extreme temperatures or areas with high humidity, as these conditions can negatively impact hatchability.
Handle eggs with care: During transportation and handling, be gentle with the eggs to avoid any damage. Rough handling can cause hairline cracks that may not be immediately visible but can lead to bacterial contamination and reduced hatchability.
Use an egg candler: Invest in an egg candler, a device that helps to assess the quality of the eggs by illuminating the interior. This tool allows you to detect any abnormalities, such as blood rings or undeveloped embryos, which can be discarded to improve hatch rates.