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Five Steps to Perfect Hatching Eggs

by 5m Editor
9 February 2010, at 8:32am

NETHERLANDS - Vencomatic has defined five steps that lead to perfect hatching eggs.

The hygiene of hatching eggs has a major influence on the results in the hatchery and on broiler performance. It is well known that bacterial contamination of hatching eggs decreases hatchability and causes bangers in the hatchery. In order to explain breeder and hatchery managers how to improve the quality of their hatching eggs, Vencomatic has defined five steps that lead to perfect hatching eggs.

  1. Hygienic nest flooring
    At the point of oviposition, the hatching egg is still moist and is most vulnerable to bacterial contamination and so contact with litter or dirty surfaces should be avoided.

  2. Prevent birds staying in the nest overnight
    By closing the nest boxes at night, the birds are prevented from staying overnight in the nest box and littering the nest floor. The nests should be closed with a system that is gentle to the birds.

  3. Controlled hatching egg storage
    Eggs should roll away to the egg belt and out of the birds' sight directly after oviposition. This prevents damage to the eggs by the birds and also provides ideal storage conditions for hatching eggs.

  4. Prevent floor eggs
    The nest should be the most attractive place in the house for hens to lay their eggs. Alternative nesting places should be prevented.

  5. Gentle egg handling and packing
    Hatching eggs are valuable and should be handled with care to prevent hairline cracks that reduce hatchability.

For each of the five steps, Vencomatic has made a video for explanation. These videos are broadcasted on Vencomatic's campaign web site [click here].

Visitors can also subscribe to the Vencomatic hatching egg newsletter in order to receive extra technical background information on the importance of hygienic and careful collection of hatching eggs.