Transport and acceptance of hatching eggs. The raw material comes from the best reproduction farms covered by a full vaccination programme and sanitary and veterinary control. While transporting eggs, all climate conditions and parameters are constantly monitored so as to avoid fluctuation of temperature that affects embryo development and hatching capacity. Transport takes place with the use of special carts or plastic pallets and moulded trays. The acceptance of eggs is comprised of the overall control of quantity and quality and egg sorting into several weight sections in order to balance the chickens.
Storage After unloading, the eggs are placed on hatching carts in a specially assigned room. The right air flow temperature at the air-conditioning control unit is then set with a control panel depending on the required parameters. The storage time, humidity, temperature and possibility of turning eggs constitute very important factors for the future hatching results.
Setting The sorting and weighing of eggs follows the setting schedule. Immediately after setting, the eggs are disinfected in the fumigation chamber so as to remove all microorganisms present on the shell surface. In order to achieve a maximum hatching capacity and the top quality of chickens, it is recommended to set one kind of egg in the apparatus with consideration given to line, flock age and storage time.
Incubation The set and disinfected eggs are placed in HatchTech hatching apparatuses for 18 days, where the microclimatic conditions are optimum and ensure the best hatching thanks to the control system. All key parameters, such as levels of temperature, relative humidity, oxygen and CO2, are regularly monitored and adapted to the current needs with the MicroClimer system.
Egg transfer After an average period of 18.5 days of incubation, the eggs are transferred to hatcher apparatuses. Before being transferred, the eggs are x-rayed in order to remove non-fertilised eggs. If there is an unexpectedly high percentage of unfertilised eggs, analysis of these eggs may help to identify problems related to poor hatching or poor quality of chickens. In this process, the eggs are placed in special baskets, which enables the chickens to move freely during the hatching process.
Hatching After the completion of transfer, the hatching stage begins and lasts at least 3 days. All this takes place in proper temperature, humidity and composition of air settings so as to ensure the best conditions for the development, hatching and drying of chickens. The hatching time differs and depends on the line, age of parent flock, incubation temperature and storage period. This is why the hatching process should be well considered even before its commencement. After this stage has completed, the chickens are picked up, carefully selected and placed in transport baskets.
Vaccination and transport One-day chickens are vaccinated against various illnesses with specialist equipment according to the breeder’s wishes. The chickens are then placed in a disinfected vehicle that transports them to the farms of our clients in the proper conditions.