Petersime and layer breeding company Hy-Line do Brasil have joined forces to investigate the benefits of using heat treatment for layer eggs stored for 6 to 8 days. In a series of comparative trials using the BioStreamer™ Re-Store to apply the SPIDES process for layers, they have tested 121,500 eggs. The first results are spectacular.
Heat treatment before incubation
Heat treatment of stored eggs has been around for a long time. The Re-Store process, also known as ‘Short Periods of Incubation During Egg Storage’ (SPIDES), has been up and running for several years now. Inspired by the mother hen brooding on a clutch of eggs, this technology ensures the eggs are brought to a more uniform stage of early embryonic development before incubation starts. For example, the use of SPIDES in turkey incubation and broiler incubation has already been proven very successful.
Petersime and Hy-Line do Brasil have set up a series of comparative trials to investigate to what extent heat treatment benefits stored layer eggs. In the first phase, they studied a total of 121,500 eggs that were stored for 6 to 8 days:
- 54 hatches in total.
- Eggs from both young, middle and old flocks, and of three different breeds.
- 50% of all eggs were incubated with Re-Store treatment at three different time intervals. They were treated for an average of 12 hours per cycle, on the fifth day of storage.
- The other 50% were incubated without treatment at three different time intervals (control eggs).
- The researchers consistently followed the standard program on a fully loaded BioStreamer™ Re-Store incubator.
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