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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

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

The Importance of Preventing ‘Sweating’ Eggs

Sweating’ of eggs refers to the phenomenon of condensed water sitting on the egg shell surface. This occurs when cold eggs are suddenly exposed to a higher environmental temperature. The warm air with a certain moisture content cools down rapidly directly around the colder eggs. Since cold air contains less water than warm air, relative

By |2020-01-09T15:35:01+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

Impact of Hairline Cracked Eggs on Hatchability and Chick Performance

In general, good quality eggs are selected and placed for incubation. This means that only clean eggs with shell intact should be placed on the setter trays. Dirty or floor eggs and eggs with visible cracks are removed and not placed. Eggs with hairline cracks might often not be recognized and will, consequently, be placed

By |2020-01-07T02:51:33+00:00January 7th, 2020|Knowledge center|0 Comments