Longedge incubation services

Here at Longedge Poultry, we offer professional hatches for Home Poultry Keepers and for those who have had difficulty in maintaining hatches themselves. 

We pride ourselves on maintaining high standards and are registered with the Dept. for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and are members of the Dorking Club UK.

One of the problems which many of our customers have is not fully understanding the hatching process, or using inadequate incubation equipment. At Longedge Poultry we have invested greatly in our hatching process and use several different sized incubators. Our main incubator is a Curfew which can handle up to 190 eggs a time. We do limit batches to 100 eggs per week so our dedicated Chicktec Hatcher is not overloaded . We also have smaller incubators for smaller batches, all of which have an uninterruptable power supply. 

Many Home Poultry Keepers simply can’t afford to fork out a several hundred pound on equipment and accessories which they may only use once per year, which is why we offer a first class incubation service. For a fraction of the cost you can get all of your eggs hatched and ensure that the early stage of the chicks life is handled by true professionals until the chicks are ready to go home. 

During the hatching phase, we will only intervene when necessary. Once the chicks are hatched you can pick them up with in 48 hours or, for a small fee, we will hold the chicks for up to seven days, checking regularly for splayed legs, curled toes and pasty bottoms and start them eating and drinking on good quality organic chick feed. 

Longedge Poultry stocks medication for the treatment of Coccidiosis.

On collection, you can buy or rent our heat plates and brooders to ensure that the chicks are warm and cosy when they return home.

chicken or the egg

day 1 – 18

The eggs are kept in the temperature and humidity controlled self-turning incubator.

day 10

Eggs are checked by candling to ensure they are fertile.

Day 19+

The humidity is raised and eggs are placed into lockdown until hatched.

A guide to humidity in incubation

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Five key factors of incubation

1. temperature

With the egg at the correct temperature (for most species this is 37.5°C), the biological process of incubation will commence and the embryo will begin to grow. The temperature must be sustained throughout the incubation period.

2. egg turning & positioning

As the egg is turned, the embryo will pass through the egg white, allowing it to gain fresh nutrients. As the embryo grows, correct positioning of the egg ensures that the embryo forms in the correct position for hatching.

3. humidity

The shell of an egg is porous, meaning that water can pass through it. Over the egg incubation period, water passes from the egg to the air outside. Correct humidity ensures that the right amount of water is lost over time. It is important to remember that humidity will vary, and this is not a big problem; it is the average humidity that matters more.

4. fresh air

It is important to note that during incubation the egg breaths; it takes in oxygen from the surrounding air and gives out carbon dioxide. A fresh air supply is vital to egg incubation and hatching eggs.

5. clean environment

During incubation, eggs are susceptible to infection. The warm, egg incubator is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Eggs should be clean and disinfected before egg incubation begins.

Longedge Incubation Services

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189 Longedge Lane, Wingerworth. Chesterfield S42 6PR

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