The hatchery is where eggs are carefully stored, incubated, hatched and prepared for placement. Today’s hatcheries are designed for optimal animal care, resource efficiency, biosecurity, and have built-in controls to produce the best quality bird. Learn more about key tips and tools for operating a successful hatchery and producing the best possible poults.
A hatchery performance program includes protocols on egg transfer and storage, incubation, hatching, and poult transport.
As with any operation, you may encounter challenges and opportunities within a hatchery. The best first step is to identify root causes and then evaluate corrective measures. Our troubleshooting document can help identify common challenges and solutions to help.
Eggs must meet minimum standards for incubation to ensure top quality poults are hatched. This chart outlines some common reasons for culling an egg.
Multiple studies have shown a positive relation between an ideal Yolk-Free Body Mass (YFBM) and future performance of the poult after placement. This info sheet describes the process of measuring YFBM
The hatch window is the measurement of time from the onset of hatching until its conclusion. Optimizing the hatch window is one method of producing strong, viable poults.
Once the poults are hatched, we recommend looking at a few key indicators of good poult quality. These physical characteristics are commonly associated with viability and good performance after placement.