Quick Start Guide

Quick Start Guide

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Here is your quick start guide on how to hatch your eggs with our Delta Incubator Roller incubators:


  1. Begin by unboxing your incubator. The incubator should be placed in a well ventilated room away from direct sunlight. The temperature in this room should be between 22 and 33 Degrees Celsius with no big temperature fluctuations.

  2. Keep the incubator in the polystyrene housing to improve efficiency and minimize temperature fluctuations. Place the water trays underneath the grid, close the grid and fit the rollers. Fill one tray with water.

  3. Connect the turning motor plug to the lid. Connect your incubator to the preferred power supply. Use either the 230V AC or 12V DC supply cable. Test the egg turner by pressing the Plus (+) button.

  4. We recommend starting the incubator and monitoring the humidity for at least 24 hours before setting the eggs. Aim to maintain an average humidity of 45 - 65 % for the first 18 days. Add water to the trays if needed.

  5. Once the incubator is maintaining the set temperature and the humidity is stable you are ready to set the eggs.

  6. Keep an eye on the humidity reading and fill the water trays when needed. Normally every 2 - 3 days. The humidity alarm will go off as an indicator that the humidity is below 40%. To silence the alarm press minus (-) button.

  7. Candle eggs on day 8 and get rid of infertile eggs. You can use the flashlight provided or the LED light on the lid of your incubator. For best results candle in a dark room. Remove infertile eggs. If you are unsure keep the egg in the incubator to get all the eggs up to temperature.

    a) Fertilized egg
    b) Interfile egg
    c) Dead embryo

  8. Maintain a humidity level between 45% and 65%, up until day 18.

  9. Candle eggs on day 18 again and get rid of infertile eggs. Infertile eggs will be easy to spot.

  10. Remove the egg rollers and lay the fertile eggs down on the grid.

  11. Fill the water trays to increase the humidity above 65%.

  12. In case of very thick shells and/or in dry areas, it is recommended to spray the eggs with a very fine mist twice a day during this period. DO NOT open the incubator when the chicks start to hatch. We know you are curious, but the loss of humidity will cause the eggshells of the unhatched eggs to dry out and they won’t be able to break through the shell.

  13. It is not unheard of for chicks to hatch on day 22 or 23, so keep the incubator running. A chick can survive for up to 24 hours without any food or water, in the incubator after hatching.

  14. Once you are certain that all the eggs have been hatched, remove the chicks from the incubator and place in a brooder. Wash the incubator thoroughly and do not store it if there is any water or moisture present. After washing your incubator you are ready for the next batch.

    Happy Hatching!


    Visit our Youtube Channel (Delta Incubators) for a “How-To” video. Here is a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvEzO5XyhzQ&t=3s

    For more information: info@deltaincubators.co.za