Step 1: Eggs
Eggs arrive at the hatchery
Quality is a core value at Trillium, and the hatching egg producers we work with share that value.
Eggs are brought into the hatchery from farms, transferred to setter carts and fumigated to ensure that bacterial exposure remains at a minimum.
Eggs stored for max. 14 days
To ensure quality and consistency, eggs are stored in an environmentally controlled room until they are ready to be placed in the incubators. The eggs will stay in the egg storage for a maximum of 14 days after they are laid.
Eggs are set in the incubator
A pre-heat setting, laminar airflow and a uniform incubator profile helps the eggs perform their best during embryonic development.
The egg will spend 18 days in the incubator, growing from a tiny embryo to a ready-to-hatch chick!
Did you know?
The older the laying hen, the larger the egg will be. Hens, however, produce the same amount of calcium regardless of age, meaning that the egg on the left (from a 52 week old hen) is bigger AND thinner than the egg on the right (from a 28 week old hen). This also means that the chick from the younger hen will be smaller than the chick from the older!