HatchCare, our hatcher with feed, fresh water and light
Difference between traditional hatcher and HatchCare
In a hatcher, chicks hatch within a specific “hatch window”. During this period, it is a general accepted practice throughout most of the industry that the newly hatched chicks will have no access to feed or water. However, these chicks are still undergoing development in terms of their digestive tract, organs, immune and thermoregulatory systems – the actual growth phase doesn’t start until later. And at this early phase, optimal digestive and immune-system development in particular are crucial in laying the foundation for the chick’s resulting overall growth and health.
- ...immediately provides food and fresh water to just-hatched chicks to prevent dehydration and stimulate growth, robustness and health during the hatching process.
- ...hatches chick in a light, fresh-air environment with 40% more space to respond to today’s demand for production that is more animal-welfare friendly.
Chicks that are born in a HatchCare machine are completely supplied with the basic necessities of life – feed, fresh water and light – which prevents dehydration and increases body weight. Because they leave the shell in an illuminated space, they experience less stress when the hatchery door is opened. The combination of reduced stress and access to feed, water and fresh air leads to healthier and stronger chicks, which results in a lower mortality rate and reduced need for antibiotics and other medicine. The system also fits in with today's demand for animal-friendly production.
After hatching in the tray, chicks in a HatchCare system end up in a separate breeding basket which is free from unhatched eggs and egg debris. This provides chicks with 40% more space for living and moving around. The chicks also no longer have to go through automated sorting and counting machines, which significantly reduces the rough handling and stress they experience. They remain in the HatchCare basket from the moment of leaving their shell to their arrival in the broiler house, with constant access to feed the entire time, whenever they want it.
Chicks in HatchCare benefit from early feeding, but there's more. HatchCare has 12 progress points. Did you for example know in HatchCare, eggs are held in place with the pointed end downward? This means the air chamber is always on top, which makes it easier for chicks to hatch.
Curious about the other progress points? You can find the other progress points here.
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