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Abstract | Hatching | Chick quality | Eggshell temperature | CO2

Effects of Temperature and CO2 during the last 4 days of Incubation on Chick Quality

Presented on the IFRG Meeting, June 2012, by Conny Maatjens MSc.

C. M. Maatjens1, I. A. M. Reijrink1, R. Molenaar1, C. W. van der Pol1, B. Kemp2, H. van den Brand2

1HatchTech B.V., P.O. Box 256, 3900 AG Veenendaal, The Netherlands. 2Adaptation Physiology Group, Wageningen University, P.O. Box 338, 6700 AH Wageningen, The Netherlands.

The goal of a hatchery is a high hatchability and a good chick quality, resulting in a good performance in later life. To optimize embryo development during incubation and thereby chick quality, incubation conditions need to be controlled and adapted to the requirements of the embryo. Temperature has been shown to be of major importance for optimal embryo development and growth (French, 1994).

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