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Incubator Terminology Explained

Below is a quick guide on the terminology that is used in the incubator industry. If you have any further questions, feel free to Contact Us

What is an egg incubator?
What does an egg incubator do?
What is a setter incubator?
What is a hatcher incubator?
What is a combination incubator?
What are other names or terms for an egg incubator?

What is an egg incubator?
An egg incubator is a piece of equipment that creates the perfect conditions for an egg to incubate successfully. An egg incubator is designed to regulate temperature, humidity and turn eggs at regular intervals. It recreates the role that the broody hen plays in nature.

What does an egg incubator do?
An egg incubator creates a stable environment in which eggs can be hatched. When incubating eggs under a broody hen there are external threats such as wild animals that may harm the hen or the eggs. By placing the eggs in an egg incubator you are more guaranteed that the conditions will remain consistent over the 21 day incubation period (For chicken eggs). A Surehatch egg incubator basically takes the guesswork out of incubation and increases the chances that you will get a good hatch rate.

What is a setter incubator?
For the first three quarters of the incubation phase of an egg it must be placed in a setter. This is where the eggs are turned on an hourly basis. For chicken eggs this will be the first 18 days of the eggs incubation cycle. After this period the eggs are placed in the hatcher.

What is a hatcher incubator?
The hatcher is the part of the incubator where the eggs lay still for the last quarter of the incubation phase. Generally the humidity and airflow is slightly higher at this part of the incubator due to the fact that eggs require a higher humidity towards the hatching phase. The hatcher creates a stable environment for the eggs to hatch in. No turning of the eggs happens during this phase. The chick inside the eggs aligns itself so that it can peck its way out of the shell. Surehatch have designed unique hatching crates that allow for maximum airflow and humidity in this part of the incubator. Our hatching crates are manufactured form high density materials in order to preserve its durability. Unlike our competitions, our hatching crates can be removed and sanitized outside of the incubator.

What is a combination incubator?
A combination incubator is an incubator that combines both the setting and hatching phase. Surehatch is the market leader in combination egg incubators. We have unique designs which incorporate both a setter and hatcher in a single unit. Many other companies will try and sell the two separate in order to make more money. We save our clients money by combining the two processes in a single unit, saving you space and money. Our combination units are extremely popular amongst breeders worldwide due to their innovative and successful design.

What are other names or terms for an egg incubator?
There are several other terms and names for egg incubators. Although Surehatch has become synonymous with incubators, there are other terms for incubators as well. Many breeders refer to incubators as breeding machines, hatching machines, hatchers, setters, artificial incubation equipment, egg breeding equipment, egg hatching equipment, brutgerate, brutmaschinen, broeimasjiene, broeikaste, eier broeiers, aanbroeiers, voorbroeiers, uitbroeiers, kunsmoeders, incu bators, bators and more.

 

Remember, if it doesn’t say Surehatch, it’s not an original egg incubator!

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