Course incubation biology and management


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? And what are the best practices during the hatching phase? In the last two decades knowledge about incubation has been 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
Setup Campus WUR

Content course incubation biology and hatchery management

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

  • The early biology of the developing embry
  • Pre-incubation and storage factors of eggs
  • Physics of incubation
  • Incubation temperature during the setter and the hatching phase
  • Effects of egg origin and bone development during incubation.
  • Physiological control mechanisms during late embryogenesis and during pipping and hatching
  • Dust and formaldehyde during hatching 
  • (In ovo) vaccination in the hatchery
  • Hatchery hygiene
    Early nutrition including in ovo feeding

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.


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


The full programme is available in the flyer, which you can download at the right.


Dr. M.L. (Marleen) Boerjan Pas Reform B.V., the Netherlands
Dr. H. (Henry) van den Brand Wageningen University, the Netherlands
Prof. E. (Eddy) Decuypere Catholic University Leuven, Belgium
P. (Pieter) de Gouw Vencomatic, the Netherlands
Drs. R. (Rik) Koopman MSD Animal Health, the Netherlands
C.M. (Conny) Maatjens MSc Wageningen University/HatchTech B.V., the Netherlands
Dr. Ing. R. (Ron) Meijerhof Poultry Performance Plus, The Netherlands
A. (Ampai) Nangsuay MSc Wageningen University, the Netherlands
C.W. (Carla) van der Pol MSc Wageningen University/HatchTech B.V., the Netherlands
Dr. C. (Colin) Russell BSc (Hons) PgD, FIBMS, Consultant
B. (Bas) Smaal BA Viscon Hatchery Automation, the Netherlands