If you’re thinking about putting your incubator away until next season, read on our handy guide to storing your incubator after your last hatch.
Your incubator should be cleaned immediately after your hatch is complete.
As incubators are warm and wet they are ideal breeding grounds for bacteria and if they have been left with debris from the last hatch they will harbour germs which are highly likely to damage your next hatch.
After removing any old shells, fluff and dirt, it is best to soak non-electrical parts like egg trays in a disinfectant solution for an hour before scrubbing clean.
Do not use the dishwasher!
Clean around heaters and fans with a brush or slightly damp cloth using the same disinfectant solution. Be very careful not to let water get near any electrical parts including motors, heaters and control housings.
Leave the incubator parts to dry thoroughly. If they are properly clean they should no longer have a strong odour. Don't forget to clean any extra parts or equipment you used too. Once completely dry, store these items in a protective carton or box in a cool dry location where it won't get jostled or knocked over.