Investigating the reasons behind a poor hatch in the hatchery

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Hatchery – like most other production facilities – bases its operations on planning. The results of future hatches can be estimated quite precisely. Knowing...

Testing the fertility is important to predict hatching success

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Measuring the level of fertility of any batch of eggs is a key factor in hatcheries. Fertility testing may be necessary in order to...

The specific requirements and sensitivities of turkey egg incubation

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Turkey eggs have a high incubation success rate when all the species-specific areas of incubation are managed correctly. Hence, a suite of incubation equipment...

Variation in individual egg weight loss

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A chicken egg has to lose around 11-13% of its original weight during the first 18 days of incubation. This weight loss is needed...

Evaluation of effects of in ovo light stimulation on incubation performance and chick quality...

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In sustainable commercial poultry business, hatchability and chick quality are key points that determine the yield and cost of production. Positive results of lighted...

Different incubation profiles for different breeds?

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Breeding has powerful effects. Although all chicken breeds originate from the same wild ancestor, they differ dramatically in appearance, physiology, type and metabolic rate....

Getting to the bottom of sex-related first week mortality in the hatchery

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"Why are so many chicks dying in their first week in the hatchery?" I could hear the worry in his voice when I received...

How to assess chick quality

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The term "chick quality" is rather vague, as it can refer to various aspects – from directly visible physical traits to hidden ones, such...

Big problem – simple solution in the hatchery

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A hatchery got in touch with me recently about a worrying problem: 3-5% of the newly delivered chicks were dying during their first 3-5...

Determining the correct temperature for transporting 18-day incubated eggs

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On-farm hatching is now fairly common in some countries, it requires incubated eggs to be transported from the hatchery to the farm at 18–18.5...

Air pressure in the hatchery

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The hatchery is where we create the optimum conditions for life to develop. Although we are talking about the development of embryos, there are...

How can hatcheries lessen the impact of Covid-19?

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The world is currently experiencing a pandemic caused by a coronavirus, Covid-19. While the virus probably originated in animals, it appears that it only...

Early embryonic mortality

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At the moment an egg is laid, the embryo already consists of 30-60,000 cells. The death of some of them – for example under...

Ventilation in the setter – Which is the dominant element for ventilation control: CO2...

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Single-stage versus multi-stage During the past decades, single-stage incubation has gained popularity and eventually replaced multi-stage incubation as the dominant incubation method. This is not...

The importance of right incubation temperatures

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In this study researchers investigate the importante of right incubation temperature on broiler performance. Up to 30% of late growth meat chickens demonstrate reduced...

Air cell up when setting eggs!

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It is important to pay attention to the orientation of the eggs when placing them on setter trays as this has quite an impact...

What is good chick quality?

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When asking the question “What is good chick quality?”, the responses can be very different based on the person and their role. For instance,...

Egg weight loss during incubation of poults and chicks

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Why is it important and how do we measure it? Technology and the associated hatchery and equipment continues to advance incubation to levels previously unavailable,...

5 easy steps to check fumigation efficacy

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Fumigation is common practice for hatching eggs to prevent losses due to microbial contamination. You should check your fumigation annually to make sure it...

Fertile or not?

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Fertilisation and a fertile egg marks the beginning of a new life but is by no means a guarantee of a long life, as...

Is chick yield still a valid reference?

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Many hatcheries still use chick yield – chick yield is the average chick weight divided by the average fresh egg weight multiplied by 100...

Healthy, uniform day-old chicks require hatchery accurate climate data

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In a modern hatchery, climate data are collected from various sensors installed in incubators and hatchery rooms, and from handheld measuring instruments. The performance...

Air cell up when setting eggs!

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It is important to pay attention to the orientation of the eggs when placing them on setter trays as this has quite an impact...

Egg incubation influences leg health in broilers

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Up to 30% of late growth meat broilers demonstrate reduced levels of locomotion, which is cause for concern for both the industry and chicken...

Navel practicalities

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A well-closed navel is one of the most important and easily visible signs of chick quality. In a good quality chick, the navel is...

Measuring egg shell quality

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Maintaining egg shell quality is important for maximizing production of broiler chicks from breeders as shell quality and hatchability go hand in hand. Thin...

Does the external climate matter?

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The optimum climate parameters for embryo development – temperature, humidity, and the balance between oxygen supply and carbon dioxide release from the incubator –...

Rethink the golden rules of incubation

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Your incubation results might be affected by a lack of accuracy in the rules you’re applying. The rules of incubation have been derived from...

What happens during transfer?

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Why chicks can’t set and hatch in the same incubator and need transfer. At the point chicks hatch, they create a lot of fluff and...

Timing is everything in early feeding

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Early feeding is now a critical point. When using nature as a reference to what are the optimum requirements of the day-old chick, we...

Automatic laying nests require good management

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Martin Barten, senior hatchery specialist form Pas Reform Hatchery Technologies, tells his experience about a good management of the automatic laying nests. “Pas Reform’s involvement...

Metabolic differences in the blood of chick embryos

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A study was conducted in order to investigate metabolic differences in the blood of chick embryos and post-hatch chicks from two egg sizes and...

Short-term temperature training in the hatcher improves stress response in broiler chickens?

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An alternative approach to improve functional traits alongside with the production efficiency of fast growing broiler chickens provides temperature training in the hatcher (PTT:...

Better hatch and post-hatch performance

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Hatchability, chick quality and post-hatch performance improve substantially when embryo-response parameters are actively controlled during incubation. The BioStreamerTM concept, developed by Petersime, continually monitors...

Egg deposition of maternal testosterone is controlled by the pre-ovulatory peak of luteinizing hormone

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Variability of androgen concentrations in the avian egg is often explained by an adaptive hypothesis according to which differential maternal deposition of yolk hormones...

To feed or not to feed? That is the question. Is the early feeding...

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Development of the avian embryo, or chick, can be categorized into one of two strategies designed to meet very different physiological and biological needs....

Gaining a better understanding of incubation in a hatchery

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The contemporary hatchery is a complex installation. The core part is the incubators, supported by the devices that facilitate their function and auxiliary machines...

Checking and calibrating sensors: essential preventive hatchery maintenance

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We expect incubators to function 24/7 without disruption - and with the highest levels of accuracy from the sensors in particular, on whose outputs...

The fertilization process and embryo mortality during incubation. What is the Relationship?

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The goal of a successful incubation operation is to produce the maximum number of quality chicks from the fewest breeders housed in order to...

Hatching for egg quality

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Hatching for egg quality implies caring of various factors. The age of the flock, number of storage days and incubation program are typically included...

Incubation and the role of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) in embryo development

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The practice, or “art”, of artificially incubation of the avian egg dates back some 3,000 years to the ancient Egyptian mud/brick oven type rooms...

In-ovo vaccination requires good hatchery management

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In-ovo vaccination is gaining popularity and is being used in an increasing number of hatcheries. A driving force behind this is the increasing number...

When the hatchery power supply fails

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In a contemporary hatchery all the parameters influencing incubation – such as temperature, humidity, ventilation and the turning of eggs – are based on...

Jamesway’s Webinar talking about the Hatcher

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The hatcher is often the forgotten sister of the incubator. Most presentations focus on getting everything right in the incubator, assuming that if the incubation...

Re-stored turkey eggs outperform untreated eggs stored for 8 to 15 days by 7%

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By using heat treatment during storage up to 14 days, as part of your standard hatchery practice, it is possible to gain up to...

Incubation temperatures influence muscle growth and energy in broiler embryos

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In ovo embryogenesis in broiler can be modulated by alteration of external factors, like the incubation temperatures, as shown in several publications. Embryonic myogenesis in...

Energy-efficiency in pre-conditioning inlet air for setters and hatchers

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Hatcheries are found in a variety of climates, from the hot, humid tropics of South East Asia to hot, arid zones in the Middle...

Turkey hatcheries – The past 25 years and the future of single-stage

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A quick time travel back to a turkey hatchery in 1992 might show you a frazzled hatchery manager frantically trying to get eggs trayed,...

Hatcheries data collection and analysis

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Hatcheries collect large quantities of data to monitor performance and to make sure equipment are operating within set operating limits. These data are a valuable...

Separating welfare facts from fiction

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It has become a confusing market for customers to decipher which technologies offer the best welfare-friendly solutions for their animals. How do you separate...

Limiting embryonic overheating during incubation

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Embryonic overheating can represent an issue for incubators. For many things in life, a change in temperature of +0.5°C is hardly noticeable. However, for...

Incubation temperature and how it influences chick hatch time and bone ash

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With commercial broilers spending up to 30% of their lifespan in the egg, incubation temperature has been linked to some leg weakness issues. The recommended...

SPIDES, short periods of incubation during egg storage

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Why SPIDES is so important in incubation? If hatching eggs are stored for more than a week before being set in an incubator their...

How to reduce antibiotics in broiler production?

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There is an increased awareness recently in relation to the sensible use of antibiotics within poultry and livestock production. When looking at broiler production,...

Importance of hatch-time and access to feed on broiler muscle development

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In commercial settings, hatching occurs over a 24-48 h window and chicks are held in the incubator until a majority have cleared the shell. Earlier...

Pas Reform launches SmartCare™

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As a future-focused business that serves the hatchery sector worldwide, Pas Reform has built its reputation as an innovator in single stage incubation technologies....

The impact of raised incubation temperature on hatch, chick quality and broiler performance

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Two experiments were conducted at the Aviagen product development center in the USA to study the effect of increased eggshell temperature during mid to late incubation on hatchability and chick quality

Chick quality monitoring and diagnostics

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Evaluation of chick quality in the hatchery and mortality in the field can be used to identify general problem areas: the incubator, the hatcher, or the environment after hatch.

Review of different day-old chick quality parameters in layer type breeds – Part 2

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The aim of every commercial layer hatchery is a maximum hatchability of first quality chicks. The evaluation of chick quality in the hatchery provides...

Physiological zero in hatchery management

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On the farm, the eggs cool down after laying and are either transported on the same day or stored for a few days before...

Prevention of cross-contamination in the hatchery

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How to properly prevent cross-contamination in the hatchery. Here some easy steps to achieve a better biosecurity in your hatchery.

Hatchery waste management

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There are various options for hatchery managers to convert their waste into value-added products such as compost, fertilizer, liming agents for soil amendment, biogas, medical products, and animal feed. This article explores some of these options.

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