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Red Hocks in day old Chicks or Poults

A day old chick is considered to be of good quality if it has the capacity to grow and mature in line with its genetic potential. The chick is alert and active, with a closed  navel and well developed legs that are soft and well hydrated when the toes are extended or stretched. In addition

By |2020-03-19T16:31:41+00:00March 19th, 2020|Knowledge center|0 Comments

Creating the Ideal Hatching Climate

The transfer of eggs from setter trays to hatcher baskets is routine in the hatchery, while the embryo continues to develop. In the final days of incubation, the embryo prepares for hatching and while embryonic growth slows down at this stage, the maturation of most of the organs continues. The embryo turns its body along

By |2020-03-14T14:35:16+00:00March 14th, 2020|Knowledge center|12 Comments

Hatcher Basket Hygiene for a Clean Start

The hygiene status of the environment into which chicks are hatched has a direct impact on day-old-chick quality and first week mortality. The first environment encountered by the chicks is the hatcher basket and its contents. Hatcher baskets are used intensively, often twice a week. Keeping them scrupulously clean between cycles will pay dividends. Weak

By |2020-02-15T17:16:13+00:00February 15th, 2020|Knowledge center|18 Comments

Optimal Weight Loss Profiling during Incubation

Good hatchability is dependent on meeting all crucial incubation parameters. One of these important parameters is weight loss. Eggs should lose 11-13 per cent of initial weight during the first 18 days of incubation. Weight loss in hatching eggs is caused by the continuous evaporation of water from the eggs - and inseparably linked to

By |2020-01-19T16:36:03+00:00January 19th, 2020|Knowledge center|0 Comments

The Effects of Setting Eggs Small End up on Hatchability and Chick Performance

Eggs are incubated in setter trays for most of the incubation period. Three days before hatch, the eggs are transferred to hatcher baskets. In the setter trays the eggs are placed vertically with the air cell (large end) up, while the eggs lie horizontally during hatching. In normal development, the embryo begins to turn to

By |2020-01-09T16:12:58+00:00January 9th, 2020|Knowledge center|0 Comments

Storage of Hatching Eggs! Maintaining Quality

Egg storage is the time between oviposition (laying) and the start of the incubation process for hatching eggs. Optimal hatching results and chick quality can be achieved if eggs are set after an initial adaptation period of about 1 to 2 day(s). This allows carbon dioxide to be released from the egg, which increases albumen

By |2020-01-07T03:14:29+00:00January 7th, 2020|Knowledge center|0 Comments