Delayed Placement and High Body Temperatures negatively affect Chick Quality in the Early Brooding Period
Dr. Roos Molenaar M.Sc.
In commercial hatcheries, the time between hatch and feed consumption can be up to 72 hours because of hatch time, chick handling, and transportation time. These procedures are required but result in a delay in water and feed consumption for chickens. A long delay in feed and water consumption posthatch has been shown to negatively affect chick quality and subsequent performance.