Course Incubation Biology and Hatchery Management

What is the best way to store and treat eggs before incubation? How does incubation temperature influence the development of the embryo? What are the best practices during the hatching phase? In the last two decades knowledge about incubation has increased, but still numerous new questions and doubts are present. In the course ‘Incubation biology and hatchery management’, new insights from research and developments in the field are presented. The programme is an excellent opportunity to deepen your knowledge and understanding of incubation biology and hatchery management.

Organised by Wageningen Academy

Registration is not open for this course.
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Why follow this course?

After completing the course, you are updated with the latest scientific insights regarding best practices of incubation biology and hatchery management. You will be able to apply them in your daily practice as the knowledge is translated into practical applications.

Is this course for you?

The course is aiming at enriching knowledge of professionals (academic level) and is intended for hatchery managers, poultry biologists, incubator manufacturers, engineers, poultry breeding companies, technical managers of poultry integration companies, veterinarians, researchers and teachers in poultry science. Furthermore, participants from the supplying industry and governments are welcome in this course.

Programme & topics

The course includes a variety of presentations spread over two consecutive
days. The topics are introduced by a number of experts. There will be sufficient
opportunity for discussion. In this course we will pay attention to the following subjects:

  • Phases of embryonic development
  • Pre-incubation and storage factors for incubation eggs
  • Incubation temperature during the setter and hatcher phase
  • Hatchery automation and chicken handling
  • Alternative hatching systems and early nutrition
  • In ovo sexing technologies
  • Hatchery hygiene
  • Handling and analysing hatchery data

You can find the full programme for 2023 here.

Practical information

The course price includes tuition, materials, lunches, beverages and a dinner on day one.


Max. 25 participants.

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