Our dream came true!

The pioneering phase of One2born tray is over and the One2Born team is proud of the progress. The innovative hatch holder can be used in combination with the One2born trolley in any hatchery or broiler house. Our dream was to create a disposable, flexible and easy to handle system, which biodegrades in the poultry houses and is suitable for both hatcheries and broiler farms. This dream has come true. Poultry farmers achieve excellent results without additional investments or resources. Important principles, such as being 100% biosecure, welfare-friendly, while providing optimal hatch results and uniform hatching temperatures, are all integrated in the hatch holder.

During development we also discovered and applied extra ‘tools’. For example, with the hatch holder it is possible to choose to transfer eggs on days 17, 18 and 19. This is extremely nice for organization of tasks in the hatchery. The eggs can also be transferred back to and stored in the cabinet incubator. And if a few chicks hatch in the trays, safe and stress-free transport to the house is still possible. Offering enrichment or play material improves animal welfare. This is directly available in the One2born system, because the tray itself makes ideal distraction material for the broilers after hatching. The chicks play with it, and the design allows them to move freely.

The One2born trolley ensures safe and controlled transport. It is easy to load and unload, offers good control of embryo temperature, and it fits in any trailer. We are proud of our progress with the One2Born tray and trolley and our clientele is growing. This is not surprising, because poultry farmers who switch to using it are happy with the benefits they experience in feed conversion, reduced mortality and antibiotic use, as well as more healthy and robust animals, with higher yield.

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Wageningen University & Research (WUR): Better long-term health with hatching in the broiler unit

Broilers that hatch in the housing show less mortality and fewer footpad lesions. We already knew this. But more recently, it has come to light that the positive effects also seem to be long term. This is evident from a study by Wageningen Livestock Research.

The project compared traditional hatching and a home hatching system, which we know as the patio system. The research was carried out at the Belgian ‘Proefbedrijf Pluimveehouderi’ (Poultry Keeping Trial farm).    

The results indicate that the broiler chicks have better health. ‘It seems plausible that conditions in early life affect the health and behaviour of broilers over the longer term. However, little is known about the underlying mechanisms.’ says Ingrid de Jong, project leader on behalf of Wageningen Livestock Research.

The trial showed that some effects also dissipate when the broilers get older. For example, up to day 21, broilers hatched in the housing were heavier than ones from a hatchery, but not after that.  This broadly confirms previous findings.

No difference in behaviour

Birds from the two hatching systems showed no difference in behaviour. But there were differences in the response when the broilers were exposed to a test situation. This is the case with both young and older birds.

Follow-up research will also look into this. This will be done in collaboration with the Adaptation Physiology specialist group, in the EU Healthy Livestock project.

Text: Bas Lageschaar (Pluimveeweb.nl)

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‘Hatching into the houses is the best innovation in 35 years’

Gerard Witlox, in Tienray (NL), has been keeping broilers for 35 years. He considers hatching chicks in the housing to be the most important innovation he has experienced in the broiler sector in all that time. 

“I could talk a lot about this, but it is very simple. Fattening broilers has never been easier than it has been since we started hatching the chicks in the housing.’ an enthusiastic Gerard Witlox tells us. Working with his wife Marja, he keeps 190,000 broilers, in five houses. They started keeping broilers more or less by accident 35 years ago. ‘There was a broiler unit near the house where we wanted to live, and that’s how it came about.’ This Limburg farm has expanded through the course of time. 

Hatching in the housing
Enterococci related leg problems in his broilers prompted Witlox to switch from setting up day-old chicks to hatching eggs on in the broiler house. ‘We haven’t regretted this even for one day, because we were free of these problems very quickly,’ says Witlox, who started a home-hatching trial three years ago. He currently applies home hatching in all the houses, using the One2Born system with hatching eggs from the Schotman broiler hatchery in three of the houses. ‘Putting the trays into the houses goes well. It’s easy work. The chicks use them as a distraction material. The trays decay in the barn, and you don’t have to do anything else with them, it composts..’ Witlox says about the One2Born system.

‘Hatching in the barn is quite an improvement compared to setting up day-old chicks. Now, we can fatten broilers with very little effort. The technical results are improving. The mortality rate easily remains below 3%, which saves a lot of labour on selecting out lame broilers. Healthy animals also give us much more job satisfaction.’ says Witlox. He enjoys working with his strong and robust broilers, which grow well. “The daily growth is 1 to 1.5 grams higher and the antibiotic use has been practically reduced to zero. And that saves a few cents per broiler too.’ The Limburg poultry farmer explains that the technical results vary somewhat per round, depending on the season and origin of the chicks (hatchery and/or breeder). ‘It is clear that the broilers have a good start. We immediately see a head start in growth under stress-free conditions, where they can access water and feed directly. Putting the eggs in place and removing non-hatched ones is extra work. But reduced use of antibiotics, better technical results and easy and pleasant broiler fattening more than make up for that.’  

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Merry Christmas and a happy 2020

The One2born team wishes everyone a merry Christmas and prosperous and healthy 2020. 

We have experienced 2019 as very innovative year and are convinced that in 2020 the poultry sector will take even more steps in animal welfare, bio-security and sustainability. We thank everyone for the pleasant cooperation. 

And proudly we present one of our first animations about One2born. Check it out.

Kind regards,

Team One2Born

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Using One2Born helps prevent feet and leg problems

Hatching chicks in the poultry house using the One2Born system helps prevent enterococci infections and feet and leg problems, according to Marij Fermont, poultry veterinarian at AdVee Dierenartsen in Ysselsteyn. 

Enterococci infections are the cause of many problems on poultry farms. “Once problems are detected, we have to treat these infections using antibiotics. The treatment works fast, but the same infections often recur in the same rearing cycle”, says poultry veterinarian Marij Fermont, who favours a more preventive approach to this issue. 

There are 50 different species of enterococci gut bacteria. One species that is responsible for many problems is Enterococcus cecorum.This causes inflammation of the joints (hip, knee or hock) and bone tissue in broilers which can lead to lameness or result in a vertebral abscess or inflammation of the heart sac. The extent of damage caused by E. cecorum can be as high as 10% mortality, particularly from week three. The percentage of rejected birds can also quickly rise to 10%. The financial consequences are serious – a situation that poultry producers would rather avoid.

Much uncertainty surrounds the infection route taken by E. cecorum. It can spread via the air, beak, skin or foot sole lesions. The beak is considered to be the most likely route of transmission. “Enterococci are normally found in the gut and only start to cause problems when they enter the bloodstream from the intestinal tract. That probably occurs in the first days of the chick’s life, when the intestinal wall is still permeable to bacteria “, explains Fermont. The veterinarian sometimes visits poultry farms that suffer from high levels of feet and leg problems. “If these producers start to use a system of hatching in the poultry house, like One2Born, they will often see a positive impact on preventing infections caused by enterococci. This provides a better start for the chicksand mortality in the first week is usually low.”

Intestinal wall closes faster

So what explains the positive effects of hatching in the house on reducing the incidence of enterococci-related problems? There are three explanations. Firstly, the infection pressure is lower. The chick hatches from the egg in the house and not at a hatchery, where there is always a risk of cross-infection with other newly hatched chicks. Secondly, immediate access to feed also has a positive effect. Chicks use the yolk as a source of nutrition, but if they hatch in the house, they have direct access to feed and water. “That more closely mimics the natural situation leading to the hypothesis that the intestinal wall closes faster as the first feed is available sooner. This reduces the risk of enterococci being transferred from the gut into the bloodstream,” says Fermont. Research reveals that chicks with immediate post-hatching access to feed and water also absorb the yolk residue faster. This provides extra nutrients and a smooth transfer of maternal immunity. Finally, the reduced stress experienced by chicks that hatch in the house is probably the major factor. The chicks do not suffer from stress caused by transport and withholding feed and water. They hatch straight into the spacious living environment of the poultry house. Lower stress levels ensure a properly functioning immune system, which consequently reduces the risk of outbreaks of bacterial infections. The One2Born system delivers robust, healthy chicks that grow faster and achieve a high end weight. Improved animal welfare, lower antibiotic use and higher returns are all in the interest of the entire sector and poultry farmers in particular.

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Simplicity and optimal biosecurity with the One2Born hatchholders

In our previous newsletter we indicated that the feedback we receive on the One2Born hatchholders is very positive. The most important feedback we receive concerns the simplicity of placing the eggs on the hatchholders, the storage and the transport to the poultry farmers by using the trolleys. All this with optimal biosecurity; something we are very proud of and would like to share more of with you!

The One2Born hatchholder simplifies the entire process from hatchery to poultry farmer. Thanks to the ten by five row size, the trays match the size of the setter tray. In addition to the easy filling, they also offer the convenience of a stackable effect. Next to that, they can be easily rotated 180 degrees therefore simplifying the entire process with the use of the One2Born hatchholders. 

As far as loading and unloading is concerned, the old process called for tight schedule. On day 18 the eggs were inspected, placed on the tray and were immediately loaded for transport. The One2Born makes it possible to prepare the eggs for transport both during pre-hatching as well as post-hatching. The eggs can already be packaged and prepared earlier and the driver can load the One2born trays with eggs later, free of further dependence on hatchery colleagues. The entire planning and logistics has therefore become much simpler and much more efficient. 

Another big advantage of the One2Born hatcholders is that optimal biosecurity is achieved during the process, because all hatchholders go through a drying oven with a minimum temperature of 200 degrees Celsius for several minutes. All potential bacteria and viruses like Salmonella are killed during this process. The One2Born products are tested for this on a regular basis by a qualified and certified external laboratory. All in all, the use of the One2Born eliminates the risk of both horizontal as well as vertical chick contamination, prevents spread of disease and results in both higher work satisfaction and higher profits with a larger animal welfare. 

The first hatcheries have now opted to automate the placing of the eggs on the One2Born hatchholders. The first drawings of an automatic egg lifter were made in order to design a perfect and efficient method of placing the eggs. The ease the One2Born trolley offers in storage, transport and a simple way of loading and unloading all combine into making the One2born a complete and incredibly good concept. The One2Born concept has proven its worth for both hatcheries and poultry farmers and, in combination with automation, is the way to the future!

Are you already using the One2Born and do you have feedback for us?

Or are you not yet using the hatchholders but would you like to try them out? Then please feel free to contact us via [email protected] or give us a call on 0031 41 27 24 994

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The One2Born trolley

Over the past months, we have deployed the development for a trolley on which eggs on the One2Born 3.0 hatchholders can be transported as efficiently and safely as possible. Thanks to the feedback from hatcheries, poultry farmers and drivers who transport the eggs daily, we have been able to develop a trolley that will make the delivery of pre-incubated eggs a lot easier. Also the egg shell temperatures can easily be kept between the desired temperatures during transport.

The number one priority during the design of the trolley was proper ventilation. Approximately five centimetres of air space is created both below and above as well as on the left and right side of each row on the trolley, to make sure that ventilation is guaranteed both horizontally and vertically. During transport, the egg shell temperatures remain stable between 90 and 97 degrees Fahrenheit at a temperature of 30 to 31 degrees Celsius with a full airflow in the truck. The set point depends of course on the type of trailer.

As far as the material of the trolley and plates is concerned, we have opted for solid stainless steel 304 that is 100% cleanable and meets the standards of the hatchery hygiene. The trolley is equipped with open structures, which means you can access every part of the trolley during cleaning and disinfection and that no cracks or crevices are present in which moisture can occur. Furthermore, the trolley is passivated which makes that the stainless steel has a self-recovering ability if a scratch or dent comes up during loading and unloading. In this way, optimal biosecurity can be achieved.

The trolley has been designed in such a way that two rows of four stacked One2Born trays fit on each layer on either side of the trolley. With four trays you can load and unload two hundred eggs in the trolley simultaneously, with a combined weight of ten to fifteen kilos. This is health and safety proof and feels comfortable while working. The trolley can carry a minimum of four thousand eggs and is both sturdy and agile. In addition, the trolley is 1.45 meters high so you hardly have to work above your reach. We also included grips at different heights to make unloading the trolley from the truck both safe and comfortable. To determine the total size of the trolley, the width of several trucks has been taken into account. The trolley is 70 centimetres wide and 1.18 meters long which means that in a 2.40-meter-wide truck exactly two trolleys fit next to one another and in a 2.30-meter-wide truck three trolleys fit next to one another. The trolley is equipped with a system that easily secures the trolley with a strap or push bar.

All in all, our trolleys have been thoroughly tested and the end users have been involved in the entire process to continuously provide us with feedback. The results are very impressive if you ask us!

Are you already using the One2Born hatchholders and are you curious about the trolley? Or are you not yet using our hatchholders, but would you like to try out the combination of the trays and the trolley? Feel free to contact us at any time!

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The One2Born 3.0: a big step forward

In a previous newsletter we have already introduced you to the One2Born 3.0. Meanwhile, many of our customers have switched from the 2.0 to the 3.0 version and we have gained a lot of new customers. We have received a very good amount of feedback from all of them. The experiences remain very positive!

Hatcheries as well as poultry farmers who were already using our One2Born hatchholders have since switched to the One2Born 3.0 hatchholders. We have also received many new customers, who also use the One2Born 3.0 version. The feedback we receive is mainly linked to the fact that new sizing meets the automation of the hatchery perfectly. On the One2Born 2.0 only forty eggs would fit on one tray. The One2Born 3.0 hatchholder consists of five rows of ten spaces, so that fifty eggs fit and a setter tray can be transferred in just three times. Because 25 percent more eggs fit on a tray, it also saves 25 percent of work for the hatchery and poultry farmer during loading and unloading.

In the barn, the functionality of the One2Born 2.0 and 3.0 is unchanged and receives permanent positive feedback. The eggs are placed in the barn on the hatchholders, where the chicks subsequently come out. Once they have come out, the chicks will play with the trays in the barn and eventually the material dissolves. The trays are made of 100 percent sterile paper pulp and can be completely composted in the barn. So far all of our customers experience this as a very well-working process.

Are you using the One2Born 3.0 and do you have feedback for us? Let us know so we can continue to improve!

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As a result of continuous improvement: the One2Born 3.0!

In May 2018 we already introduced you to the One2Born 2.0 version. Meanwhile, by continuously improving, optimizing and innovating, we have arrived at the 3.0 version. The One2Born 3.0 hatchholder meets the automation of the hatchery perfectly, functions as a distraction material for the chicks very well and eventually will end up dissolving in the house. The first experiences are very positive!

In May 2018 the One2Born 2.0 version was put into use. An optimization has already been made with the 2.0 version by completely switching over to paper pulp so that the boxes can be fully composted in the house. In addition, an improvement has been made to be able to better stack the trays. The convection channels have also been optimized for the 2.0 as well as the 3.0 version.

Over the past year and a half, we have been working really hard to optimize the One2Born 1.0 hatchholder in detail and make it more practical in as many ways as possible. During this process, we mainly focussed on processing feedback from the hatcheries and broiler farmers. For example, the One2Born first came with a box that perfectly met the outcome process and protected the egg and chick, but did not end up dissolving in the house. Now the hatchholders consist of one piece when they arrive at the hatchery and because you can rotate them 180 degrees, they are easy to stack and unload. The box is no longer needed. In addition, the chicks can pulverise all the material – which is 100% sterile due to the heat in which the hatchholders are produced – and use it as a toy. The One2Born 3.0 hatchholder consists of five rows of ten spaces, so that 50 eggs fit and a setter tray can be transferred in just three times. All this makes it very easy to solve an automation issue for the hatchery.

In the One2Born 3.0 each egg hangs freely in its own space so that venturi and convection can be guaranteed. This applies to eggs from 45 to 70 grams; the growth of the egg has been taken into account. Furthermore, the material and design ensure that chicks can move freely, experience no obstacles and can not injure themselves when they hatch. They can not get stuck and can not fall out of the hatchholder during transport. Naturally, ventilation between the trays has been taken into account. The One2Born 3.0 hatchholders are completely open so air can be circulated everywhere and the temperature over the entire trays is constant during transport and during the hatching process.

All in all, the 3.0 version of the One2Born is a great result for us and the first experiences are very positive. Do you already use the One2Born in your processes?

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