Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Is A Vital Incubation Parameter
Gaseous excahnge, as well as temperature, humidity and egg turning, is known to be essential incubation factors. However, it is a factor that has not previously been fully explored. In fact, previous industrial incubators have been designed to achieve a certain rate of ventilation only. Vetilation alone, of course does influence the gaseous exchange but it does not actually provide accurate control over the CO2 levels. That is why, the large scale incubator manufacturers, they specially designed CO2 controller to enhance the control level of the CO2 in the setter (hatcher) and chamber (incubator).
Embryonic development benefit From The Changes Of CO2 Levels
During the entire incubation process, the correct CO2 level has a positive effect on the development of the embryo. The recommended CO2 level actually depends on a variety of factors such as flock age and stage of incubation. Although more data need to be accumulated to determine the optimum CO2 level at each stage in the incubation chambers, the incubator owners must have ways to monitor the best CO2 level by establishing good records of setting the ventilation holes. For Big incubator manufacturers, this kind of CO2 level controller is compulsory and must be made available.
Good CO2 Control Level Stimulates Simultaneous Hatching
At the time of hatching, the correct level of CO2 helps to stimulate the pipping movements during the final phase of the incubation process. Therefore, precise management of CO2 levels in a hatcher helps to ensure that all chicks hatch virtually simultaneously. This gives better chick quality and higher output.
Provide Just Simple CO2 Level In the Hatcher/Incubator
For a smaller scale incubator, to provide a good and fully automatic CO2 Controller will cost a lot of money and definitely not a value for money. However, CO2 levels must be controlled. At least, a simple machanism must be made available in each and everyone of the incubator/hatcher that they produced. Lacking of this CO2 level controller or having not ventilation at all, will definitely affect the quality of chicks.
It is up to the manufacturer. It is a simple thing to think. Oxygen In and Carbon Dioxide Out. That is All!.