Hubbard incubation specialist Jiggs Killgore and the hatchery team of Hubbard LLC conducted an International Hatchery Management training in Chattanooga and Pikeville (Tennessee). Participation in the program included key management and operations personnel from Hubbard customers coming from Brazil, Pakistan, Egypt, Nepal, Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia and Japan.
The three-day event started with presentations from poultry professionals addressing topics including sanitation, advancements in chick treatments, the latest incubation technology and software updates, application and administration of Coccivac, day-old-chick hydration products including the delivery systems for applications of those products, and embryo diagnosis techniques for identifying and troubleshooting issues occurring in the incubation process.
The course continued with presentations by hatchery manager Tony Britt and his team on: egg room operations, incubation programs, environment management and processing through incubation, transfer and chick processing. Laboratory manager Wes Miller presented his bacterial plating, monitoring and analysis programs.
Hands-on training for all attendees formed the main part of the course and focused on actual egg break-outs and candling with analysis and troubleshooting recommendations, bacterial plating including actual location plate exposures with readings 24 hours after exposure, chick sexing, chick handling in the chick processing area and Coccivac applications. Training was completed with chick storage environment observation, application, monitoring and management techniques.