If you are engaged in incubation hatching, or if you’re even interested in entering the industry, you should know that knowledge and experience are really the key to success. It’s really the same in virtually every industry. A person who knows what they’re doing will rarely have any problems, while a person who relies upon insufficient data or knowledge will have no end of problems.
Taking a veterinary course in poultry farming is usually the best way to perfect your knowledge, but if you don’t have either the time or money to do one, careful research and experimentation will have to replace the deficit in knowledge and training. This isn’t as bad as it sounds, really, because there are all sorts of sources of information available to you today. You can start by visiting your local library, and consulting books on incubation hatching and poultry farming. If you like one or more of these books, buy it so that you always have it around to refer to.
It’s very useful to have a book with lots of information in it when you’re setting up incubation hatching, especially if you’re doing this for the first time. Set things up carefully, and follow procedures to the best of your ability. Experience will usually do the rest, that is to say, as you become more familiar with the various procedures, you will be less likely to make mistakes, and success will give you confidence. The important thing to remember, even if you’re a reasonably successful poultry farmer, and even if you’re acceptably good at implementing incubation hatching procedures, is that you must never stop learning.
Keep trying to improve your level of skill, and try to improve rates of survival among the hatchlings in your nursery. An important source of ideas and answers when you’re stuck would certainly be the internet, where there are always people willing to help out with suggestions, information and advice. Tapping into this incredible resource, especially when you have a problem, can be the crucial difference between success and failure. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, especially if asking for help will better your success rates, improve the chances of survival of the chicks that come out of incubation hatching, and make you a more successful poultry farmer in general. As I said earlier, information and experience are really the keys to success here. Experience will come with time, but in this information age, knowledge is always ready to hand. You just have to reach out for it.