Chick length to evaluate chick quality
Good chick quality is crucial to maximise the return on
investment in the total poultry production chain.
Day-old chick quality is influenced by breeder flock, egg
handling, and incubation conditions and is directly related
to field performance. Optimally developed chicks exhibit
improved average daily gain, improved feed conversion,
improved breast meat yield or egg production, and
improved survival in the field.
Visual scoring is a subjective method that is often used to
select the non-saleable chicks. This is not expressed by an
Ongoing monitoring of the quality of day-old chicks
is a key step in optimizing your hatchery results.
To optimize your incubation process, it is important to
use the correct method to evaluate chick quality.
Chick length is an effective and practical method to
evaluate chick development. Chick length is positively
related to yolk-free body mass at hatch and is an indicator
of subsequent field performance. Chick length is a fast,
repeatable, and non-destructive method to evaluate chick
quality. Routine chick length evaluation as a standard
procedure evaluates the quality of your incubation process.
It is a tool to use to maximize your incubation performance,
the performance potential of your chicks, and the return
on your investment.
The HatchTech chick length website is a comprehensive
guide to chick length measurement and analysis.
Articles on the website discuss why chick length is the
best measurement of chick quality and the measurement
protocol and evaluation. This website also discusses how
chick length can be improved when it does not meet the
guidelines that are given.