A new approach to hatchery nutrition that harnesses the egg microbiome could help improve the gut health of chicks.

“Typically, we’ve adjusted what the hen eats to augment what the chick’s going to get,” said Gina Sloan, PhD, CEOAGRITX.

“What we’re looking at is an egg coating that can be applied as the egg arrives at the hatchery. This way you can start building in a nutritional program that’s unique to that developing chick from the very beginning when it arrives at the hatchery.”

Sloan is one of the many experts scheduled to speak at the Poultry Tech Summit, scheduled for October 30 - November 1 in Atlanta, Georgia. This one-of-a-kind in-person event facilitates the transition of innovation technologies from researchers and entrepreneurs into commercial applications for the benefit of the poultry industry. 

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Nutritional egg coating

The nutritional egg coating introduces probiotic bacteria from the outside of the egg into the developing chick. This can induce positive intestinal morphological, microflora and immune system changes.


“What’s on your egg is going to be in your chick,” she said. “As an industry, we’ve tried to keep the egg as clean as possible, which means we’ve been hatching an empty vessel or a chick that’s prone to pathogen colonization.”

The water-based probiotic coating can help speed the development of the chick microbiome.

Sloan is looking for a commercial partner to trial the nutritional egg coating in a scaled-up trial.

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