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Cleaning Your Incubator

by Misty Johnson

Cleaning your incubator prior to incubation

No matter if the incubator is brand new, used, borrowed, homemade, or cleaned since the last time you used it, you still need to clean it again before starting a new batch of eggs. Dust, dirt, and germs can find their way in; and if not cleaned, can cause problems with your eggs. You should clean your incubator 2-3 days before you plan to begin incubating your eggs. Obviously, take extreme care not to get any of the electrical parts wet.

You may use Clorox bleach or another disinfectant solution. A Clorox solution should be approximately 1 part Clorox to 4-5 parts warm water. Parts of your incubator can be soaked for about 10 minutes as long as they do not have any electrical parts that can't be easily removed and replaced. Use a cloth to wipe clean the egg tray, water pan, and incubator bottom. Stubborn dirt can be scrubbed with a brush. Chemical cleaners should be avoided when cleaning your incubator to prevent foam or Styrofoam from absorbing the chemicals. Allow the incubator to air dry completely.

To clean the wafers you can use a small soft dry toothbrush. The heating element should not be touched or gotten wet.

Post hatch incubator care

The incubator should be cleaned immediately after your hatch is complete. Begin by removing leftover shells and other debris. Continue to clean your incubator in the same manner as described above. Don't forget to clean any extra parts or equipment you used. Once completely dry, you may store these items in a protective carton or box. This should be carefully moved to a cool dry location where it won't get jostled or knocked over. Too much movement can cause damage to the wafers and heating element.

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