Posthatch: Prevent Dehydration by Body Temperature Control
Dr. Inge van Roovert-Reijrink M.Sc.
During the last decades commercial hatcheries mainly focused on maximum hatchability. However, the quality of the day-old chickens becomes also more and more important. To obtain and maintain maximum chick quality, the environmental conditions after hatch are as crucial as the environmental conditions before hatch. From hatch until arrival at the farm, chickens do not have access to feed and water. The time period that chickens have no access to feed and water can increase up to 72 hours.