Effect of Prestorage Incubation and Frequently Warming During Storage on Egg Characteristics, Embryonic Development, Hatchability and Chick Quality.
Poster Presentation on the XIIIth European Poultry Conference, August 2010, by Inge Reijrink*
Inge Reijrink*, Ron Meijerhof†, Bas Kemp‡, and Henry van den Brand‡
*HatchTech Incubation Technology B.V., P.O. Box 256, 3900 AG Veenendaal, the Netherlands; †Poultry Performance Plus, Kleine Enkweg 1, 7383 DB Voorst, the Netherlands; ‡Adaptation Physiology Group, Wageningen Institute of Animal Sciences, Wageningen University, P.O. Box 338, 6700 AH Wageningen, the Netherlands.
Egg storage beyond 7 days decreases hatchability and chick quality. The sensitivity of the embryo for prolonged egg storage may depend on the stage of embryonic development or the number of viable cells. This experiment investigated whether prestorage incubation (PSI) and frequently warming during storage (FW) affected egg characteristics, embryonic development, hatchability, and chick quality when storage time was prolonged.