Welcome to our April Newsletter.
Hello everyone! It's finally spring, time for
warmer weather and chicks of all kinds!
you think your hatch rates could improve read on we have a few references
you may find helpful. Also if you're in the market for a new brooder you
may want to check out our EcoGlow chick brooders and don't forget to join
us on facebook for fun contests, great prizes and exclusive coupons.
this fabulous photograph of a one week old critically endangered Slender
Billed Vulture, it is the first time that one of these vultures has been
hatched in an incubator - which just happens to be a Brinsea® Octagon® 20!
Read more about the visit by Toby Galligan to Pinjore VCBC
– the flagship of the Indian breeding centres - scroll down to see
the Brinsea® 'maternity ward'. The photograph was taken by Dr. Vibhu Prakash,
Principal Scientist for the Vulture Breeding Program at the Bombay Natural
History Society. Find out more about the program
for up to 50 chicks the EcoGlow
50 chick brooder is just as efficient, safe and reliable
as its smaller brother the EcoGlow
20. These radiant heaters, rated at 20 and 50 watts respectively
are far more efficient than conventional infra red lamps as well as being
much safer since they run from 12 volts from a mains transformer (supplied).
panel height can be adjusted to match chicks of different sizes from quail
to goose making it ideal for keeping any poultry, game or waterfowl warm.
here for more information or to order.
incubation humidity is the no. 1 cause of poor hatching success.
the four primary variables which must be controlled during incubation
(temperature, ventilation, humidity and turning), humidity is the most
difficult to monitor accurately and to control and therefore is commonly
is important to understand that humidity does not directly affect embryo
development unless the egg is seriously dehydrated. Only temperature
and turning affect growth of the embryo directly. Humidity is important
only to achieve the right balance between excessive dehydration and space
within the egg to allow the chick to manoeuver into hatching position.
are two commonly used ways to define humidity and the differences also
need to be clearly understood:
Humidity (RH) is a measure of the amount of vapor in air compared
with the maximum that could be absorbed at that particular temperature.
This is why it is expressed as a percentage. Direct measurement of RH
is not easy. Cheap hygrometers are available but you get what you pay
for! More expensive direct reading digital instruments are available but
a very reliable method of measuring RH without spending a lot of money
is to measure wet and dry bulb temperatures and convert the information
to %RH by using a simple chart.
bulb temperature is the temperature of a thermometer with a moist
cotton wick around its bulb. Evaporation of water from the wick cools
the bulb by an amount related to the relative humidity. It's
the difference between Wet bulb temperature and air temperature that is
important so air temperature or Dry bulb temperature must also be known
to define the RH.
information on the effect of humidity on incubating eggs and how to achieve
correct humidity levels, visit our Humidity
in incubation . Under our Customer service,
Incubation topics you'll also find many more useful articles.
Clifton Chicken Coops now available
very excited to introduce our new Clifton
Coops® - The answer to hen keeper’s
needs for hygienic, durable and attractive hen houses. These computer
designed and precision manufactured chicken coops are:
- Made from
highly resistant non porous 100% recycled plastic
- Easy to
disassemble and clean to help combat red mite
with plenty of ventilation, moulded nest boxes and elevated roosting
- Come with
a large egg collection door, removable roof panels and droppings tray
and an optional sturdy welded mesh steel run
in 2 sizes - the Winscombe
for 3-6 hens or the Churchill
for 6-10 hens
are giving away a Mini
Eco egg incubator. This neat little incubator holds 10 chicken
eggs and provides precise temperature control and fantastic visibility
of the hatching eggs but you'll have to turn the eggs manually...
join us on Facebook
for a chance to win one. On April 5 we set 10 Coronation Sussex eggs in
a Mini Advance. Two were clear and one died in the early stages but seven
are still going. All you have to do is guess how many chicks will hatch
and which egg will be the first to hatch. Enter your guesses below the
post to be entered in the draw. The lucky winner will be chosen at random
from the correct answers on April 27. Best of luck!
issues of our Newsletter
are now online. You can also download our full
manuals or useful
articles on incubation and remember to register
your free 2-year warranty online within 30 days when you
purchase any Brinsea<sup>®</sup> incubator, brooder or hatcher.
And as always
if you have questions about any of our products or need assistance with
incubation or brooding techniques, don't hesitate to call us toll free
1-888-667-7009 or email support@Brinsea.com.