Back in 2002, we became disenchanted with the multi-stage incubation system after having employed it since 1980. Frustrated with its inefficiencies, and with the aim of improving the hatchability and viability of chicks, we embarked upon a journey of research.
After consulting a well-respected hatchery consultant, we understood more about the science behind an efficient and bio-secure hatchery and were directed to Hatchtech. Hatchtech opened our eyes to the single-stage incubation system, and even though only poultry hatcheries were employing it, we took the brave and expensive decision to switch.
Here’s the science bit: as the eggs enter the single-stage system on an “all in, all out” basis, the machines are able to be emptied, cleaned and sanitised before filling with the next batch. This explains the major advantage of using this system – hygiene. A multi-stage practitioner would ask: how is it possible to set all eggs at the same time, knowing that eggs of different ages control their own conditions due to being either endothermic or exothermic? In reply: instead of leaving it to this hit-and-miss method with its unreliable results, it is the sophistication of the control system on the single-stage incubators, combined with the knowledge and monitoring skills of the incubationist, that ensure the optimum temperature, humidity and carbon dioxide levels are maintained for embryo growth.
Fifteen years after investing in the Hatchtech single-stage incubators, we have decided to expand our hatchery to include three 84,000 egg single-stage setters and two 42,000 egg hatchers. Unlike the last time when we were taking a leap into the unknown, we now are aware of their superior performance. Our satisfied customers are a testament to this – after all, who could not be overjoyed with the mortality rate of their chicks in the field being halved in the first week of life?
As one of Hatchtech’s longest standing customers, we second their claim that “The return on investment in hatchery hygiene is in quality, hatchability, and field performance of the chicks.”