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

Tue 18 June 2024 until Wed 19 June 2024

Duration 2 days
Number of students 18 - 25
Venue Wageningen, The Netherlands
Price EUR 1,395.00
Price description This includes materials, lunches, beverages and a dinner on day one.

Registration is not open for this course. You can already show your interest for our next edition.

Target audience

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.

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of this programme, you will be able to:

  • Explain the latest scientific insights regarding best practices of incubation biology and hatchery management.
  • Apply these insights in your daily practice as the knowledge is translated into practical applications.


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:

  • Important phases of embryonic development
  • Pre-incubation and storage factors of eggs
  • Incubation temperature during the setter and hatcher phase and consequences for later life
  • Hatchery hygiene
  • Alternative hatching systems and early nutrition
  • Maximising hatchery performance – automation for the modern hatchery
  • (In ovo) vaccination in the hatchery
  • Analysing break out data
  • Big data in the hatchery

Please download the flyer for the full programme.

Course leaders:
  • Dr Henry van den Brand, WUR
  • Dr Ron Meijerhof, Poultry Performance Plus


After completing the programme, you are awarded with a certificate.

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