Respeggt Eggs introduced in Dutch Supermarket

Dutch supermarket Jumbo collaborates with Respeggt to introduce the first eggs that are “Free of Chick Culling” to the market. The eggs – which can be recognized by the Respeggt logo – will be available in Jumbo supermarkets from the end of March 2020.

The in-egg gender identification technology to avoid the culling of male day-old chicks is developed and provided by HatchTech. On the 8th – 9th day of the incubation, a small drop of liquid is extracted from the hatching eggs for the gender identification. By utilizing a non-invasive procedure to extract the liquid the fertilized eggs are left unharmed. Hence the interior of the hatching egg is untouched and remains safe and sound.

The extracted drops of liquid are put into a patented marker outside of the hatching egg. Then a reaction takes place where the colour of the sample changes, making it easy to identify whether the hatching egg is male or female. The eggs are then sorted into male and female hatching eggs. The male hatching eggs are turned into a high-quality feed. These male hatching eggs gain economic added value when powdered and integrated into the feed recipes for farm animals. The female hatching eggs are returned to the incubator. After 21 days of incubation, only female chicks hatch, which are reared until they lay respeggt-eggs.

To read more, read the Jumbo Press Release (Dutch).


About HatchTech Incubation Technology:
As a leading food technology company, HatchTech enables poultry companies worldwide to maximise the genetic potential of their birds. Drawing on our unrivalled expertise in early-stage chicks, we create research-based products for incubation, chick transportation and brooding, and deliver and service our customers’ projects worldwide. Headquartered in the Netherlands, and with offices in China, Ukraine and representing offices in over 20 countries, HatchTech supports customers in over 40 countries. Read more at

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