The modern and innovative Verbeek hatchery in Zeewolde
We have thought of everything...
To start with the location, centrally in a region of the Netherlands low in poultry. Verbeek has therefore been able to improve reliability of supply in case of disease outbreaks, when compared with the previous production location in Lunteren. And then the capacity and facilities: flocks of up to 200,000 chicks can be prepared for transport and rearing, per day and according to customer wishes (beak trimming and inoculation).
And last but not least: the climatological and hatchery management is designed in such a manner to ensure optimum chick quality.
- Two egg storage areas. The possibility of optimising storage temperatures according to breed, age of mother hen and expected duration of storage. This increases the vitality of the embryos and therefore the health of the chicks.
- Preheated egg unit. Here, the eggs are all brought to the same temperature before entering the incubators. This preheating results in brief, quick hatching with uniform chicks 21 days later.
- Full digitisation of the climate and hatching process. Tracking & tracing is possible for all chicks hatched, and offers the opportunity for rapid optimisation of the spatial and hatchery conditions according to breed, age of mother hen and expected duration of storage of the eggs.
- The incubators work with EMKA Teggnologic 27. This allows monitoring of the eggshell and checking the chick temperature with a higher cooling water temperature of 27°C. Benefits: (I) higher cooling water temperature results in less condensation forming in the hatching machines, therefore dryer chicks and less chance of bacterial growth. (II) on return from the hatching machines, the cooling water need only be cooled a few degrees before re-entering the cooling circuit. This saves energy costs.
- Re-use of embryonic heat. The embryonic heat (metabolism) absorbed by the cooling water is used to heat the complete hatchery, by means of a heat exchanger and floor heating. This is extremely sustainable innovation.
- NEN ISO 22000 HACCP certification. The hatchery is subject to very strict hygiene rules. The process design thereby meets the most stringent food safety requirements. The same hygienic approach can also be found in the climatological design of the hatchery, for example. Each area has its own climate control machine, so that they can be individually controlled in terms of temperature, humidity and air pressure.
Check out the film for a look inside the hatchery: