Single –Stage Setting
Single –Stage Setting is where the machine is filled completely with one batch of eggs.
The temperature has to be reduced weekly as the embryo grows and generate its own heat, this stops the eggs from overheating,
At the end of the incubation period the eggs can be transferred into a separate hatcher or back into the same machine with the controls adjusted for hatching.
The advantages of single stage setting are the machines can be cleaned out after each batch thus preventing disease and cross contamination,
Multi-stage incubation is where the machines are operated continuously, with eggs being set and transferred in the machine once a week. Multi-stage incubation uses the heat generated by the eggs at the end of incubation to warm the eggs at the start of incubation.
The setter is also set at one temperature point for the duration of the incubation.
One of the major advantages of multi-stage incubation is lower operating costs due to heat output from older eggs in the incubator being used to warm the younger eggs.
All our trolley shelves are painted red, white and blue alternately starting from the top left hand side. This allows for ease of identifying each batch of eggs in the setter. And also equal distribution if you have less than full sets of eggs.
There are two types of multi-staging machines, shelf loading and trolley loading although trolley loading is restricted to our six trolley machines.
Trolley loading in our six trolley machines allows you to fill two trolleys at a time and place opposite each other (diagonally first). Having two spare trolley’s cuts the setting time as they can be filled prior to transfer day.