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  1. 1. HATCHERY DESIGN Luthfi D. Mahfudz Poultry Production Laboratory Faculty of Animal and Agriculture Science Diponegoro UNiversity
  2. 2. Location and Good Design • Having chosen a green field site for the new hatchery, it is important first to consider the lay- out of the facility carefully, followed by producing an engineering plan of drains, piping, ducting and cabling. • Good design is crucial to cost-effective hatchery operation - and should avoid long walking distances anywhere on the site, to minimize the use of internal transport. To prevent cross- contamination, the plan should incorporate a uni- directional flow of people, eggs, air, trays, baskets and trolleys: ‘clean’ should never meet ‘dirty’.
  3. 3. Eggs Receive Area • In the egg area, will the eggs arrive on farm trolleys, paper/plastic trays or egg boxes - and in what quantities? • How long will eggs be stored - and will they require different temperatures? • Will grading and selection take place at the hatchery or at the farm or both of its. • Egg handling automated or manual? • Are eggs fumigated on arrival, or before setting? Should there be a room for storing discarded hatching eggs and are rooms for washing and storing trays or trolleys required?
  4. 4. Incubation Area Dividation • The incubation area will be subdivided into setter room, candling and transfer room and Hatcher room. • Depending on how many setters are installed, there will be one or more rooms to maintain a reasonable walking distance along the length of each row of setters. • The size of the transfer room depends on the automation equipment being used and on the number of eggs being processed. Also consider how candling waste will be dealt with. • Finally in this area, the number of hatchers in each Hatcher room should allow efficient ‘all in-all out’ operation - and therefore depends on the setters’ capacity and the number of hatches produced weekly.
  5. 5. Chicks Area and Addition Space • The chick area may need additional space for sexing and vaccination equipment. • The size of the handling room also depends on the level of automation. Holding room dimensions should be based on the number of chicks stored and whether or not males and females are separated. • In harsh climatic conditions, it makes sense to plan for loading onto trucks inside the building. • And a soaking room for cleaning dirty chick boxes returned from the farm is also advised. • Ideally, this is located adjacent to the storage area for empty chick boxes. Hatchery waste, e.g. empty shells, unhatched eggs and dead chicks, can be removed from the hatchery by a macerator and screw conveyor, situated near an outside wall. A vacuum waste system offers more flexibility and improved hygiene.
  6. 6. Layout Hatchery 1
  7. 7. Layout Hatchery 2
  8. 8. Hatching Eggs • Breeder Flock Health, Age and Nutrition (females with a good rate of lay mated to vigorous males, nutritional requirement ) • Clean Eggs are Important (clean area where eggs can be cleaned, selected for quality ) • Selection and Care of Hatching Eggs (Select hatching eggs are uniform in size, shape and colour, with good sound shells). • The Incubator Room (heating, humidity, ventilation, and sanitation). • Incubators (capacity ranges from approximately 14,000 to 100,000 eggs.).
  9. 9. Incubation Time for some Common Avian Species Chicken 21 days Turkey 28 days Japanese quail 17 days Guinea fowl 26 days Pheasant, Partridge 24 days Duck 28 days Muscovy duck 35 days Goose 28-32 days
  10. 10. The Principal Factors in Incubation 1. Any incubator will produce better results when operating at capacity. Egg capacity is a factor; 2. How long the incubator will last and cost of all replacement parts; 3. Service and availability of parts; 4. Accuracy of controls, to keep temperature and humidity fluctuations to a minimum; 5. The amount of labor involved in operating the machine and carrying out a thorough sanitation program; 6. The guarantee.
  11. 11. Temperature • Hatching eggs may be warmed to a temperature of 25 to 30oC, prior to setting. • The normal development of the embryo is dependent on the heat being held within a very narrow range in the incubator. • In small still-air incubators, the temperature of the upper surface of the egg is higher than on the lower surface, while in large incubators, the air movement maintains the same temperature over the entire surface. • For this reason, a still-air incubator must be operated at a higher temperature than a forced- draft incubator.
  12. 12. Numerous factors may contribute to high or low incubator temperatures. • High or low room temperatures or floor temperature under the incubator affect the operating temperature of both large and small incubators. A large incubator placed near an outside wall may have one section operating at a lower or higher temperature than the other. These problems and those listed below will result in one group of eggs hatching earlier or later than the others, increased embryo mortality or cause leg deformity in chicks & poults. • Floor temperature variation because of drains causing cold or heat under the incubator. • an incubator thermometer not reading correctly. • the failure of automatic equipment such as thermostats, cooling coils or automatic dampers. • improper air circulation leading in turn to a rise in temperature in part of the incubator, because of: a decrease in fan speed, usually caused by low voltage or a slipping fan belt; incorrect spacing of filled egg trays in a partially filled incubator. • overloading an incubator for any one setting of eggs.
  13. 13. Humidity • During the incubation period, eggs should lose 11 to 12% of their weight (another 3 to 4% in the hatcher, after day 18), due mainly to a loss of moisture. • The amount of moisture (humidity) in the incubator controls the rate of evaporation from the egg. The evaporation rate is also related to temperature, air speed, shell thickness, and size of eggs; the smaller the eggs, the greater percentage of moisture loss. • Too great a moisture loss from the egg in the early stage of incubation will cause the embryo to adhere to the shell, causing death. • Insufficient evaporation may cause death from lack of oxygen because of a small air cell, since just prior to pipping the shell, the embryo pips into the air cell and starts to breath air. • The best guides to the correct amount of humidity in an incubator is the weight loss and the size and enlargement of the air cell during incubation, or the position at which the chick pips the shell. • The degree of enlargement of the air cell should be determined by candling several eggs and estimating the averagee evaporation.
  14. 14. Incorrect humidity may be due to a number of factors, the more important of which are 1. High environmental humidity in tropical countries. 2. A wet-bulb thermometer reading incorrectly. Remove the wick to determine whether the thermometer is reading the same as the dry- bulb thermometer. 3. Dust and dirt on the wet-bulb wick. Change wicks often and use only distilled water in the reservoir. 4. In small incubators with humidity supplied by water pan evaporation, ensure that always an adequate amount of water in the pan. The lower the humidity in the room, the higher the evaporation and vice versa. 5. Ventilating an incubator to control temperature will lower humidity in a dry environment in the incubator room. 6. If airflow in incubators is not uniform humidity may be different from bottom to top or side to side.
  15. 15. Ventilation • The free movement of oxygen, carbon dioxide and water vapor through the pores of the shell is important, since the developing embryo must be able to take in a constant supply of oxygen and release carbon dioxide and moisture. • Oxygen content of 21% (present in air at sea level) and a carbon dioxide content not exceeding 0.5% in the air are considered optimum for good hatching results. • Room temperature, room humidity, the number of eggs set, the period of incubation, and the air movement in the incubator all influence ventilation requirements. • Ventilation problems are not the same in small incubators as they are in large incubators, where a large number of eggs are set in a very small space.
  16. 16. The main ventilation consideration may be summarized as follows: 1. Ventilation is more important in large incubators than in small incubators. 2. The amount of ventilation required may be altered by atmospheric conditions. 3. Ventilation is very important in any incubator at hatching time. Insufficient ventilation may result in embryo or chick death. 4. Ventilation in excess of the recommended amount may be applied to reduce temperature or humidity. 5. The appearance of chicks panting in a hatcher at normal temperature is an indication of a rise in the carbon dioxide content of the hatcher air. Under such conditions chicks must breathe faster to obtain the required amount of oxygen and to eliminate the exceses carbon dioxide. If excessive panting occurs, increase the airflow in the hatcher.
  17. 17. Position and Turning of Eggs • In small incubators, the eggs are maintained in a horizontal position during the entire incubation period. • In large incubators eggs should be placed in a vertical position, large end up, during the hatching period. • In small incubators, the eggs are moved when turned, while in large incubators they remain in a stationary position on the incubator tray and the egg tray is turned through an angle of not less than 90 in opposite directions with each turning. • The objective is the same in both types of incubators; namely, to prevent the embryo from sticking to the shell membranes. • Turning also ensures a complete contact of the embryonic membranes with the food material in the egg, especially in early stages of incubation.
  18. 18. Other Factors Affecting Incubation • Egg Selection (hatch as well as eggs of good quality) • Sanitation (hatching should be clean and stored in clean containers ) • Egg Handling (Rough handling of hatching eggs before they are set will increase the number of dead embryos) • Toxicity (the percentage of hatch will be reduced by oxidation of the paint) • Automatic Equipment (automatic equipment has eliminated many of the problems with incubators, however, such hazards may occur when automatic devices fail) • Egg Candling (Egg candling will detect infertiles and early dead germs) • (improper fumigation can result in high mortality in developing embrImproper Fumigation yos) • Fumigation of Incubators (killing of bacterial organisms by formaldehyde gas ) • Concentration (concentration for effective fumigation is 53 mL of formalin added to 36g KMnO4) ) • Time (It is not recommended to fumigate setters with hatching eggs in them, but if such treatment becomes necessary, embryos between 24 and 96 hours of age )
  19. 19. Fumigation Procedure 1. Make sure the temperature and humidity of the incubators are at normal operating conditions. 2. Measure the inside volume of the machine in cubic feet or cubic metres (length x width x height). 3. Close the ventilators, but leave the fans on. 4. Weigh the required amount of potassium permanganate into a wide enamelware or earthenware vessel large enough to accommodate the boiling and splattering action experienced when the formalin is added. Place the vessel and the permanganate in the area to be fumigated; then add the formalin. 5. Close the door immediately and leave closed for 20 minutes. 6. After 20 minutes, open the ventilators. 7. Open the doors of the machine for five minutes, leaving the fan on to allow more of the formaldehyde gas to escape, or neutralize it with a 25% solution of ammonium hydroxide equal to one-half the amount of formalin used. The hydroxide should be thrown directly on the floor of the machine and the doors closed. The formaldehyde gas will quickly be neutralized.
  20. 20. Continuous Fumigation of Hatcher • The greatest increase in bacterial organisms occurs during the hatching period. These can be reduced, but not completely eliminated, by slow release of formalin in the hatcher during the last 48 hours of the hatching period. • Do not use permanganate. The pan should be placed in the open area of the hatcher in direct line with the airflow • Place the pan of formalin in hatcher 48 hours prior to hatch completion. To overcome fluff deposited on the formalin, add more formalin about 24 hours before hatch is complete to increase evaporation.
  21. 21. Effects of Fumigation 1. Properly carried out, fumigation should not affect hatchability. 2. Fumigation will only kill bacteria that are present on the surface of hatchery refuse. Fumigation will not kill bacteria inside unhatched or pipped eggs. It is important to dispose of hatchery refuse carefully to minimize hatchery contamination. 3. The hatchery room must be separate from the tray dumping room and from the chick processing area. Air flow and traffic must be controlled to prevent contamination of the chick processing and holding areas. 4. Efficient fumigation along with other sanitary measures should control navel infection (omphalitis). 5. Fumigation is not intended to replace a thorough cleaning program.
  22. 22. SUMMARY OF SOME IMPORTANT FACTORS 1. Feed breeder flock hatching ration that is well fortified with essential nutrients. 2. Use healthy breeding stock. 3. Provide good egg-holding facilities. 4. Avoid holding eggs in storage for more than one week. 5. Prewarm eggs for 6 to 8 hours at incubator room temperature. 6. Set clean, good quality eggs. Delay setting small eggs (those more than 10% less than average ) for 8 to 16 hours. 7. Maintain correct incubation temperature, humidity and ventilation. Make sure air intake does not draw contaminated air into the incubator. 8. Turn hatching eggs frequently. 9. Maintain incubator room temperature between 21 and 24BC with good ventilation and relatively high humidity. 10. Fumigate regularly. 11. Clean vaccinating and beak trimming equipment. Newly hatched chicks may pick up contamination and infection in the hatchery from vaccinating and beak trimming equipment. This equipment requires a very rigid sanitation schedule. 12. Practice strict sanitation; cleanliness is very important for successful hatching operation. Make sure belts, equipment and workers hands used to move eggs or newly hatched chicks are kept clean.
  23. 23. Inside The Hatchery Building
  24. 24. Controling and Grading
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