To ensure quality products we believe in taking a 'Total Quality Approach' throughout the whole process. When we think of quality hatching eggs we have to consider a number of elements because egg quality is of crucial importance and is directly related to hatchability.
Quality starts at the farm where the eggs are laid, collected and prepared for transport. The flocks that quality hatching eggs come from must be in good production ages. Of course, genetics are the base and needs to be backed up by in depth knowledge and experience of the farm personnel.
Uniformity and continuity is one of the basic references when it comes to quality. Management and monitoring are other factors. That is why High Hatch works with experienced hatching egg farm managers that continuously obtain excellent results.
Commercial incubators create the best possible environment for hatching eggs to enable embryos to develop correctly during the incubation period wich lasts 21 days. To achieve this, a series of factors are closely monitored during this process: humidity, temperature, egg rotation or changing of egg position. If there are any failures or errors during the three weeks of incubation, life and health of chicks may be at stake.
Fertility and expected hatchability is checked through the candling process which usually takes place between the seventh and tenth day of incubation, although there may be some variation.
The egg shell
One of the most important factors in egg quality is the egg shell. It is a natural protective layer characterised by high porosity that keeps the embryo in safe and adequate conditions and also allows for any gas and moisture exchange with the outside. Therefore, any kind of malformation, decolouration, texture deviation, cracks and thinness of the shell which may lead to leakage and broken egg shell surface are dangerous to the future of the chick.
When we think of hatching egg quality and hatchability it is important to have a comprehensive understanding of fertility. Fertility is dependent on well reared, lean and active males, genetics, age of flocks, stress and other factors that may be out of reach for hatcheries if they buy eggs from outside. But there is no doubt that what happens with the eggs, between the time they are collected until they reach their destination and are placed into incubators, has an important impact on the final outcome.
Higher than normal mortality of embryos or chicks may also be caused by external factors during transport. This is the reason why High Hatch seeks to supervise the process and have the best logistics solutions in place. Temperature, humidity during transport and egg handling on long distances ought to be carefully managed and must fulfil general international standards.
We are always delighted by all the positive feedback from our clients after the eggs hatch. After all, quality eggs produce quality chicks and when chicks are healthy we can observe a full expansion of their genetic potential.
Animal welfare is very important to High Hatch and we have three key principles that we follow.
It is essential to:
To ensure the safety and well-being of the animals the following must be provided: