November 1 2013, Doetinchem, The Netherlands: Pas Reform officially opened its new state-of-the art Logistics and Training Center to hundreds of invited guests last Friday. Customers, suppliers and colleagues gathered in the sophisticated new facility, which incorporates the most advanced computer-controlled logistics capabilities for the delivery of hatchery systems worldwide.
A high percentage of “clears” is usually regarded as a breeder farm or egg handling problem, whereas a high rate of late embryonic mortality is more likely to be seen as a hatchery failure. While suboptimal incubation conditions may indeed be responsible, other non-hatchery factors should not be overlooked.
Single stage setters and hatchers are designed to be used at full capacity. Their heating and cooling system and maximum air refreshment rate (= ventilation capacity) are calculated on fully loaded incubators.
It is common practice for hatcheries to receive hatching eggs from more than one breeder farm or supplier. This guarantees a continuous flow of hatching eggs to the hatchery, to ensure that there is no interruption to the delivery of day old chicks. However, the practice of incubating eggs from different sources increases the risk of bacterial or fungal cross contamination between different batches of eggs.
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