Breeding Chickens: Setting Up Your
Ensuring your incubator is correctly set up is the key to successful
Before setting up your incubator to hatch your own chickens, be sure to read the section on incubating chicken eggs.
For best results you should set up and run your incubator for 24 hrs prior to setting the eggs.
During this time monitor the temperature and humidity settings closely and and check for correct functioning of the
ventilation and egg turning mechanisms. Only when you are completely satisfied that the incubator is functioning
normally should you set the eggs for hatching.
All incubators operate in slightly different ways so it is important to follow the manufacturers instructions
closely and familiarise your self fully with the controls and settings before you first use it.
In this example we can see how to set up an RCOM 20 digital incubator. This model, although at the upper end of the
scale when it comes to commercially available incubators, is one of the most popular types as it is very reliable
and easy to set up and use.
Once the incubator is set up and running you will only need to top up the water reservoir and make periodic
checks to the temperature and humidity readings throughout the incubation period which, in the case of
chickens, is about 21 days.