The decision to buy an incubator is increasingly being made by growing numbers of keepers and breeders of birds. There are clear, logical advantages to artificial incubation. Taking away eggs for artificial incubation causes the hen to lay more and so increases the seasonal yield of hatchlings. An incubator provides the breeder a second 'nest' in the event of illness or inexperience of the parent(s). The fascinating process of hatching and bringing a new life into the world is brought so close to the breeder.
It is hard to be indifferent to the sight of a hatchling emerging from an egg - it is a very human response to observe and marvel at such a dramatic natural event. When a parent bird broods and raises their own young it is often difficult to observe the incubation and hatching process. Parent birds are often aggressive and care must be taken to limit the stress and distress of human contact when nests are examined. By incubating eggs artificially, the breeder is able to observe much more closely and also take on the responsibility for the care of the eggs and the developing birds in the eggs. This 'parenting' role of the human surrogate means that the successful use of an incubator is a rewarding event and the interest is all the greater when the parent birds, with their particular personalities, are familiar to the breeder.
Brinsea Octagon 20 Advance EX
The Octagon 20 Advance EX incubator comes with a matching Humidity Pump module to maintain total control of the incubation humidity level and foam-lined egg dividers to protect fragile or damaged eggs and eliminate effects of jolts. The Humidity Pump effectively maintains the humidity level precisely at the level the user sets irrespective of changes in room humidity and so overcomes problems that can commonly lead to eggs failing to hatch – especially in the latest stages of incubation. The Humidity Pump includes an external water reservoir eliminating the chances of water in the incubator harbouring bacteria.