1977.Revised 1999. 104 pages. Provides a great overview of all aspects of
hatching. Great for beginners.
Excerpt from A Guide to Better
There are numerous factors
affecting the successful hatching and raising of all fowl. The chain
of events begins long before the eggs are set or placed in the incubator.
Our modern science and technology has provided us with a great deal of
information on the subject. A Guide to Better Hatching discusses
many of these factors.
Each species of fowl has its own
peculiarities that should be understood. Basically. we must consider the
parent stock, their nutrition, and their environment. We must study all
the factors leading up to the laying of a fertile egg.
Once the egg is produced, great
care should be taken to insure that the egg to chick cycle runs its full
course. We know that there are certain types of eggs that hatch
better than others. The hatching eggs must be stored and cared for
Finally, the egg must be
incubated properly in order to hatch. There are many styles of
incubators that will perform the function of hatching fowl successfully.
Care for the eggs does not end when the egg is placed in the incubator,
but must be continued throughout the incubation period. The whole
idea of incubation is to turn an egg into a strong healthy chick. This means we must have a fertile egg from a healthy, well fed, hen and
the proper equipment to provide temperature, exercising (turning),
humidity, and ventilation for the egg during the transition from egg to
This handbook discuss all of