EmTech is in Bangkok, Thailand, to attend the VIV Asia show (15-17 March) and to deliver a technical talk at the Positive Action, Incubation17, Conference.
See below, Ken Baker giving his talk about hatchery air-flow and the importance of a tight hatch window. See also the EmTech stand at VIV Asia.
Ken Baker’s talk at Incubation17 raised many important issues regarding air flow within the incubator environment. EmTech firmly believes that the tighter the hatch window the better the quantity, quality and liveability of the chicks. Forget the gimmicks, a tight hatch window is the best indicator that you have got it right – simple as that. It surely makes sense that if all of the chicks hatch around the same time they have all been exposed to exactly the same environmental conditions. Conversely if the hatch window is wide it is a good indicator that the conditions within the setter vary considerably. This can be due to many factors but usually it is the lack of significant air movement in the extremities of the setter cabinet. This causes hot spots resulting in an accelerated development and exhausted, poorly conditioned, chicks. Or too much air movement that can cause cooler air pockets resulting in delayed embryonic development, insufficient weight loss and a prolonged dragged out hatch which will stress these and the earlier hatched chicks.