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Artificial Incubation
- Oklahoma State Univ (1989)(PDF- 163K)
The Avian Embryo
A scientific discussion of the formation of an egg and the stages that the chick progresses through during incubation. Included are experiments and exhibits for educators plus diagrams for constructing two small incubators. Also describes how to color chicks while still in the egg. EXCELLENT!
- On PoultryHelp.com - from Mississippi State Univ
Bantams as Incubators
- Univ of Georgia
Brooder Houses for the Small Flock
- Univ of Nebraska
Brooders, 'Cheep' and Easy to Make
How to build a cheep, easy to make and clean brooder and save over $100 on each one you make compared to commercial brooders.
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Brooding and Rearing Chickens

Basic info for the beginner
- NSW Australia Dept of Agriculture
Brooding and Rearing the Home Meat Flock
- Univ of Nebraska

Brooding Chickens and Quail
- Mississippi State Univ 
Brooding Domestic Fowl
- Virginia Tech
Building and Operating a Display Incubator
Instructions with photos to build an incubator out of plywood and plexiglass.
- Oklahoma State Univ (2001)(HTML Version)
Building and Operating a Display Incubator
Instructions with photos to build an incubator out of plywood and plexiglass.
- Oklahoma State Univ (2001)(PDF- 507K)
Building an Incubator, Plans for
Parts list, instructions and sketches
- Ohio State Univ 
Building Still Air Incubators
Detailed instructions for building three still air incubators:  cardboard, plywood, and styrofoam. 
- Univ of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Candling Incubated Eggs for Embryo Development
- Mississippi State Univ
Candling and Analysis of Unhatched Eggs
- Univ of California, Davis
Care of Newly Hatched Chicks
- Ohio State Univ
Care of Day-Old Chicks
You will be delightfully surprised if you decide to raise chickens and then have them as pets but you need to know what chooks (as they are affectionately called in Australia) are like as pets and what the basic principles of chook parenting are.
- Petalia.com.au
Care of Day-Old Chicks
How to care for day-old chicks you receive in the mail.
- McMurray Hatchery

Care of Day-Old Chicks
How to care for day-old chicks you receive in the mail.
- Ideal Hatchery
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Care and Incubation of Hatching Eggs
A guide for those individuals who are incubating eggs for the first time. (This document is on MSU's old website. A corresponding link could not be found on their new website)
- Mississippi State University
Chick-Bator
Can I Really Hatch Eggs with it?
- The opinion of the owners of PoultryHelp.com
Common Hatchery Terms - Definitions
- Univ of California, Davis
Common Incubation Problems: Causes and Remedies
- University of California, Davis
Constructing an Egg Candler
Instructions for building several useful egg candlers.
- Univ of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Construction of a Still-Air Incubator
Great plans for three low cost home-made incubators, made of cardboard boxes, plywood or a styrofoam cooler.
- Mississippi State University
Contamination of Hatching Eggs
- North Carolina State University
Definitions Related to Incubation & Embryology
Basic glossary of poultry and incubation terminology
- Univ of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Egg Cleaning Procedures for the Household Flock
- Univ of Nebraska
Embryonic Development of a chick
- Ohio State Univ 
Embryo Sets - Science Project
- Univ of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 
Embryo Preservative Formulas
- Univ of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Embryology Web Page (4-H)
- Pennsylvania State Univ
Environmental Factors When Brooding Chicks
- Univ of Georgia
Essentials of Hatching Egg Quality Assurance
- North Carolina State Univ
Excessive Egg Storage Prior to Incubation
- Univ of Georgia 
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First 60 Days - Brooding Chicks
A Beginner's Guide
-backyardchickens.com
Fumigation and Sanitation of Hatching Eggs
- Mississippi State Univ
General Brooding and Rearing
- Saskatchewan Agriculture
Growing Healthy Chicks
10 Information Sheets that discuss management steps for growing birds between hatching and placement in the laying flock.
- Mississippi State Univ
GQF Incubator Instructions
Link to page on GQF website with links to ALL GQF product Instruction Manuals, Hovabator, Sportsman, wiring diagrams, turners etc. Downloadable FREE in .PDF format.
- www.gqfmfg.com
GQF Hovabator Thermal (Still-Air) Incubator Instructions
PDF format (173K), printable 4 page instructions which also are applicable to the Little Giant and other styrofoam incubators. Posted with permission from GQF, manufacturer of the Hovabator. Click HERE to download a ZIP'ed copy.
Handling Eggs Before Incubation
- Univ of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Hatchability Problem Analysis
- Univ of Florida 
Hatchery Management Guide
A guide for small commercial hatchery managers to attain maximum chick hatchability. (This document is on MSU's old website. A corresponding link could not be found on their new website)
- Mississippi State University
Hatching and Brooding Small Numbers of Chicks
- Univ of Minnesota
Hatching Egg Production, Storage and Sanitation
- Univ of California, Davis 
(This file was deleted from the UC website, but recreated here at PoultryHelp.com via a cached copy.)
Hatching Eggs in the Classroom: A Teacher's Guide
-Texas A&M Univ (PDF- 155k)
Hatching Egg Sanitation
- Univ of Florida
Hatching Egg Storage Period
- Mississippi State Univ
Hatching Ostrich Chicks
- Oklahoma State Univ (1996)(HTML Version)
Hatching Ostrich Chicks
- Oklahoma State Univ (1996)(PDF - 244K)
Hatching Quality Chicks
A publication that discusses all incubation requirements for hatching strong chicks of most species of commercially produced poultry.
- Mississippi State Univ

How to Operate Small Incubators
-Univ of Wisconsin (PDF - 37k)

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How to Hatch Chickens
A Beginner's Guide
-backyardchickens.com
Important Incubation Factors
- Mississippi State Univ
Importance of Laying Eggs with Large End Up
- North Carolina State Univ
Incubation and Embryology School Lesson Plans
Lesson Plans for a hands-on school incubation and embryology project that teaches science and respect for life.
- Univ of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Incubation and Embryonic Development
Good Series of Bulletins covering selection of eggs to care of hatched chicks. Everything you need to know.
- Ohio State Univ 
Incubation and Embryology Questions and Answers
- Univ of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Incubation and Hatching of Ratite Eggs
- Texas A&M Univ (PDF)
Incubation and Hatching of Ratites
- Univ of Florida 
Incubation Duration Periods
- Mississippi State Univ
Incubating Eggs
- Virginia Tech
Incubating Eggs of Domestic Birds
14 page PDF document that describes incubation of many domestic birds in great detail. Includes instructions for building a styrofoam incubator from an ice chest. (PDF-201K)
- Clemson Univ
Incubating Eggs
Incubation basics and a troubleshooting chart
- Ohio State Univ 
Incubation and Embryology Check List
- Univ of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Incubation for the Home Flock
- Univ of Nebraska
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Incubating Eggs in Small Quantities
- Univ of California, Davis 
Incubation Failure Troubleshooting
Table of symptoms and numerous possible causes
- Univ of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Incubation Record Sheet
- Ohio State Univ (PDF) 
Incubation Temperature Requirements
- Mississippi State Univ
Operating a Still Air Model Incubator
- Univ of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Pipped Eggs That Do Not Hatch
- Mississippi State Univ
Planning and Developing the Embryology Program
- Univ of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Poopy-Butt Syndrome in chicks
 Often called "Pasted Vent"
- © 2003-2004 PoultryHelp.com
Quality Control for the Hatchery
- Univ of California, Davis
(PDF - LARGE 2.5MB, 26 pages)
Raising Chicks
- Feathersite
Rearing Chicks and Pullets for the Small Laying Flock - Univ of Minnesota Reproduction and Incubation
Collection of Frequently Asked Questions and documents
- Mississippi State Univ
Sanitation Cleaning and Disinfectants
A discussion of principles and methods used to reduce the number of disease organisms in hatcheries.
- Mississippi State Univ
Sanitation of Hatching Eggs
- Mississippi State Univ
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Selection and Care of Hatching Eggs 
- Ohio State Univ 
Small Flock Series: Incubation of Poultry
- Univ of Missouri
Some Reasons for Poor Hatches
- Univ of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Spraddle Legs
© 2002 PoultryHelp.com
Specific Gravity Determination for Hatching Eggs
- North Carolina State Univ
Spray Sanitizing Hatching Eggs
- North Carolina State Univ
Structure of the Egg
- Univ of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Take a Look Inside - How a Hen Lays an Egg
- Univ of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Testing Incubated Eggs for Embryo Development
- Mississippi State Univ
Timing of Major Embryonic Development
Good chart with drawings of embryo development at various stages
- Univ of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Troubleshooting Incubation Failures
A troubleshooting guide for determining causes for hatching failures and suggested remedies for correcting the problems.
- Mississippi State Univ
Washing of Hatching Eggs
- Mississippi State Univ
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INCUBATION AND BROODING BOOKS

Incubation at Home by Michael Roberts ISBN 0947870 164  (1998) Paperback - 54 pages US$9.50
This is a detailed book about using small incubators and most of the problems encountered using them. There are chapters on different types of incubators, preparation for incubation such as cleaning and sterilization, thermometers, humidity, collection and storage of eggs, candling, hatching, sexing and rearing plus a chapter on "where did I go wrong?" Packed full of information, mainly first hand too! Lots of illustrations and photographs. Available from Golden Cockerel Books (UK) online ordering.

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