7 things to look out for when choosing an incubator

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The information from this article will help you make a logical and correct choice when buying an incubator.All industrial incubators are designed to hatch large numbers of eggs. The industrial category includes incubators, which can be loaded with more than 15,000 eggs. They can be divided into 3 types:

1. Setters (for the initial stage of the incubation period. Eggs develop in them and are kept before the chicks hatch).

2. Hatchers (put eggs in them at the last stage of incubation, and chicks come out of shells in this machine).

3. Combined (setter and hatcher in one machine, from egg loading to chicks come out). But we do not recommend using such an incubator, because when hatching chicks in the incubator it is very dirty, there is a lot of fluff. Better to use a separate setter and hatcher.

Incubators are also distinguished by the method of loading eggs. There are models in which eggs loaded all in one time and move out all in one time (single-stage). And also models in which you can place eggs in several batches – multi-stage.

You should understand that an incubator is considered a good one in which chicks hatch well, which is easy to use and which does not break every year. This is taken into account when choosing an incubator!

Incubator reliability

Pay attention to the fact that the incubator has two control systems, when the main control system is not working, the backup system can be switched and take in charge to control, fully ensure the safety of the embryos.

Availability of spare parts for the incubator

Here you should pay special attention. When buying an incubator, make sure that you can buy any part of it! Spare parts for incubators should be available and cost reasonable.

Minimum reasonable price of an incubator

Not worth buying the cheapest incubator. For example, a good temperature sensor costs money, while a cheap one has a large error and no stability. A moisture sensor is even more expensive. Therefore, the cheapest incubators are utopia.

Ventilation in the incubator

One of the most important parameters in an incubator is ventilation. It is even higher than the temperature! The heater, sensor and thermostat are responsible for the temperature stability in the incubator. And without good ventilation, there will be no hatching, no normal operation of the system as a whole, no stable temperature in the corners of the incubator. Excess CO2 is very harmful to embryos. Also pay attention to how the ventilation holes are made. In some models there is simply no way to make them there! There must be a fresh air inlet through the heater – this is a guarantee of temperature stability.

Incubator body materialIt

Is also an important factor that few people know about. Durability, convenience and quality of hatching of chicks depend on the material!The FRP material will not rot, and the iron can rust quickly, affecting the life of the equipment. High density extruded polystyrene foam is particularly well insulated and waterproof. And for low density polystyrene foam, water vapor easily penetrates into the foam through the gap. After a few years, the water in the foam absorbs more and the insulation performance decreases. The insulation performance is reduced, resulting in increased energy consumption and an uneven temperature inside the incubator as the heat from the outer wall is easily lost.AttentionAfter each hatching, the incubator should be washed and disinfected.Since the incubator is an ideal environment for eggs, as well as bacteria and microorganisms (high temperature and humidity). This will lead to a deterioration in subsequent hatching of eggs. The incubator is very well handled and cleaned. After disinfecting solutions, the body is washed and rinsed with water.

Egg turning mechanism

There are 2 types: mechanical and pneumatic. Many people think that the mechanics are more reliable, there are a lot of problems with the pneumatic drive: freezing, sudden jolts, etc. They say so because they have a very small cylinder for the turning system, and a large cylinder moves more slowly, more reliably than a mechanical one. Mechanics will use gears, and gears need to be lubricated very frequently. And each time washing the machine will remove the grease and need to lubricate again after washing, otherwise will cause rust or stuck! A good air cylinder will not have these problems, can be cleaned easily, and no need to lubricate for years!

Temperature in the incubator

Cheap thermo regulators work unstable and with large fluctuations in temperature. But temperature stability depends on proper ventilation, voltage stability, humidity, outside temperature and drafts. On average, normal incubators should control temperature difference in it for no more than 0.5C. Because Humidity jumps lead to temperature drops, so that the temperature and humidity control shall be related.Now you have learned more and can choose the right incubator. Good luck to everyone and good conclusions! If you have any questions – write or call us. We will be glad to help you!