In the egg industry, the sex of day-old chicks is determined at the hatchery. Sexing chicks (determining whether they are a hen or a rooster) requires considerable skill and is done at this very early stage to determine their...
Egg production on a small scale is one of the oldest animal farming enterprises in recorded history. A small investment may yield several years of income.   Egg production is one of the oldest animal enterprises and is well-suited to a...
Learn the best practices so you’re prepared before, during and after the transfer of broiler breeders.
Biosecurity minimizes the adverse effects to prevent the spread of disease, optimize bird performance, welfare and more.  
Tip 34 The process of converting a fertile hatching egg into a chick is dependent on getting several key factors right.
Tip 33 The best way to look after hatching eggs is to collect them from the nests as often as possible (ideally 4-5 times per day), disinfect the shell surfaces, let them cool evenly and slowly and then hold them...
One of the miracles of nature is the transformation of the egg into the chick. Not every avian eggs hatch in 21 days. See the chart below for incubation periods for other fowl. The duckbill platypus is the only mammal...
The British Hen Welfare Trust (BHWT) has seen exponential growth since being established in 2005 and now has 44 volunteer-led teams across the country that have helped over 810,000 hens become family pets rather than face the chop. Best known...
Source: Egg Farmers of Canada Jared de Dood Grindrod, British Columbia While working in Fort McMurray, Alberta, after high school, Jared de Dood invested in a 27-acre parcel of land adjacent to his family’s dairy farm in the Okanagan Valley in Grindrod,...
The contemporary hatchery is a complex installation. The core part is the incubators, supported by the devices that facilitate their function and auxiliary machines that reduce the demand for manual labour. Whatever the level of sophistication of the hatchery,...
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