The Production Period
The process of successful hatching egg production is based on the continuation and further development of the birds received from rearing farms at the age of 18 to 20 weeks.
Key points here are parameters as Balanced sexual maturation of pullets, Hygienic handling of produced hatching eggs and securing Highest fertility rate during entire production period, and maintain a high level of Bio-security on the premises / farm.
The stock is received as uniform pullets and about 9 % of males, and placed in houses with automated so- called “roll away nests” and slats as well as soft and friable litter of wood shavings. Special feed systems are designed for females as well as males – to secure the correct nutritional needs and good feed distribution for both sexes.
The nest system is designed to attract the hen best possible to the egg laying area as well as to secure the best hygiene and physical protection of the freshly laid egg.
Lighting programs designed for each individual flock are set in place, and the type of lighting as well as the positioning are also carefully chosen – in order to secure the best well being of the stock.
The egg production starts about 3 – 4 weeks after placement on the farm – when birds reach 24 to 25 weeks of age. At this point the males have reached sexual maturity, and their activities increase as well.
The hatching eggs are collected from the laying nests several times daily. Eggs are inspected and graded before being packed on clean plastic incubation trays, and thereafter they undergo a disinfection process in a special dedicated area before being stored in climate controlled egg holding rooms. Eggs are transported to the hatchery several times weekly – typically after storage 2 – 3 days on the laying farm.
Monitoring of the animals’ well being and behavior at all time is crucial to maintain. During entire period of production the birds are being weighed on weekly basis. This is to ensure correct feed management strategy each day. Males are continuously inspected for their capabilities to secure the rate of fertilization of eggs.
A scheme for regular tests during the entire production period is set in place – to monitor the birds health status closely – as well as to ensure the absence of zoonosis diseases in the stock. The entire program is tailored and managed in close connection with DanHatch Poland own veterinarian department supported by recommendations from international specialists as well as legal demands and regulations within Poland.
The technical installations on the breeder farms are also carefully chosen from the best suppliers – and selected after consulting, which is based on many years of experience gained on this field within the entire DanHatch Group.