Chick Quality in Layer Hatchlings affected by Temperature?
Dr. Roos Molenaar M.Sc.
Incubation conditions have a major impact on chick quality and temperature is the most crucial factor during incubation. Not the incubator temperature, but the temperature that the embryo experiences is important throughout incubation. Because embryo temperature is difficult to measure without killing the embryo, eggshell temperature is used in practice as an indicator for embryo temperature. Different studies have shown that the highest hatchability and best chick quality is obtained with an eggshell temperature of 37.8°C.