Choosing the best egg for incubation

Source quality


good incubator in your home is the first step that you’ll need to be able to hatch an egg. The next thing you would probably want to do is to look for quality eggs to be your fertile ones. And choosing eggs for incubation is always a difficult task for even veterans. So what are the factors that you need to put in consideration when choosing a fertile egg?

Check the source

Only buy eggs from good breeders that are well-known and always avoid purchase eggs from untrusted source. The delivery box should have a “fragile” note on it, I’ve received a lot of packages that come with cracked or broken eggs.

The incubation should be done as soon as you receive the egg from the breeder because they could easily get rotten after a few weeks.

Candling egg



The process is to make sure the eggs are ready to incubate and there is an embryo inside. You could do this with a candling machine or use a strong light bulb. Just hold your hand and create a round shape enough for an egg to fit inside. Then check the inside of the egg using the light.

Egg size

It is always the best choice to choose eggs with normal shape and size. Many of you may ask why we should do this. Well, if the egg looks too big it might contain double yolk; if it’s too small, it might not have a yolk at all (you could check by using a candle machine). In both cases, the hatch ratio is 0% so it is critical to perform this process. An average chicken egg should weigh about 53g to 63g so you only need to choose egg at this range.

Egg shape

Your egg mustn’t have any abnormalities with its shape. Normal egg should have an ellipse shape with one head that is rounder than the other. You need to avoid eggs that have ridges, oblong, or overly round shape.

Egg shape


Shell condition

The outside of your egg should be in a perfect condition, you must ensure that there isn’t any damage or crack on the egg shell. Even if there is only a thin hairline crack on it, I recommend you not to use this egg. But if you doesn’t have any alternative solution, I suggest you use sellotape or nail varnish to repair the cracks. Using a small paint brush and apply the liquid onto the surface of the egg. This will help seal the cracks but it also make the air circulation in this area become lessen.


And one more advice from me is that even though this process is essential, it still not guarantee a success full incubation. There is a lot of other factors that need to put on consideration, find out more best chicken egg incubator visit my website thehomejudge.

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