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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...
Quick Facts… Chick selection is the first step to developing your family flock.  It is recommended to buy quality chicks from a reliable hatchery. Chick breeds fall into three categories: egg production, meat production or dual breeds for both eggs...
Jacqueline P. Jacob, Henry R. Wilson, Richard D. Miles, Gary D. Butcher, and F. Ben Mather2 The laying cycle of a chicken flock usually covers a span of about 12 months. Egg production begins when the birds reach about 18–22...
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...
For many people, the ideal laying hen would lay Grade A Large sized eggs from the first day to last day of her production cycle. A Large egg gives you a bigger breakfast than a Medium egg but is...
Source: Purina News Release Team Purina answers top questions on how to handle farm fresh eggs when they arrive. – There’s palpable excitement when it comes to your hens producing their first eggs. How many eggs will be in the coop?...
By, Tommy Lively, Hatchery Specialist, World Technical Support, Cobb-Vantress Even though the hatcher period makes up only 14 percent of total incubation time, this period has a significant impact on chick quality. Since chick quality has an impact on broiler...
The goal of every broiler breeder grower is to produce a quality hatching egg that will produce a good-quality baby chick. This may sound simple in theory, but the reality is that it takes a great deal of time...
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. In the United States, egg production followed these principles until early in the twentieth...
Sometimes it is necessary to test the incubated eggs for fertility. If large numbers of infertile eggs are incubated, they can be found and discarded, and the extra space used for additional eggs. This test will not injure the...
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