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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

Incubation Times in the Modern Hatchery

The chicken embryo generally needs 21 days (504 h) to complete incubation, including the drying of down (Etches, 1996). In practice however, incubation periods vary considerably, as observed by Laughlin (2007) in large scale field surveys, which recorded pulling times from the setting of eggs of 500 up to 526 hours .This variation can partly

By |2020-03-15T09:28:26+00:00March 15th, 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

Finding Optimum Incubation Temperature

When a hatchery manager talks about incubation temperature, he or she refers to the temperature set point at the controller of the incubator. This temperature set point regulates the temperature of the air stream along the incubator’s temperature sensors. If the air temperature is too high or too low, the incubator controller adjusts the cooling

By |2020-01-19T15:40:33+00:00January 19th, 2020|Knowledge center|0 Comments