Learning objectives:

  • Compare the various needs of different types of hatchery operations such as a commercial hatchery a broiler integration, and a breeder flock farmer.
  • Describe the incubation periods and conditions of common poultry species.
  • Compare and contrast the features of single stage and multistage incubation approaches.
  • Discuss the 5 principles of incubation: temperature, humidity, movement, ventilation and microbial control.
  • Describe the key events in the hatching process of chicken eggs.

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