Webinar: Tips for Modern Hatchery Management

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Incubation period variation is related to the growth rate of the embryos that differs between batches of eggs.  Flock age and egg storage are the few parameters that influence embryonic growth rate and, thus, hatching duration. New techniques will allow greater control over embryonic growth to influence uniformity. Other new developments that include increased roles for both ultrasound and micrometry egg shell analysis grading shell thickness by mass to influence the hatch window and day-old chick uniformity. This will assist in creating robust day-old chicks, better prepared to express their genetic potential from the moment of hatch.


  1. There may be two distinct explanations for the shorter incubation time of eggs from peak production flocks.
  2. Temperature distribution should be as narrow as possible to meet the requirement of individual egg and thus individual embryo in the incubator.
  3. Measuring the true incubation period from setting to hatching is important for optimized planning.
  4. New hatchery systems improve control in the hatchery by alerting the hatchery manager automatically to alarm events, and provide predictive management tools for hatchery maintenance and the management of spares and stock.

This webinar series is sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim and is presented by WATT Global Media.

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