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Pips to Peeps: Virtual Hatchery School

  • Saturday, April 10, 2021, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday, April 17, 2021, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday, April 24, 2021, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

The SWNY Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Team is excited to announce “Pips to Peeps: Virtual Hatchery School”, a partnership between Amy Barkley, Livestock and Beginning Farm Specialist, and Emily Shoop, Penn State Poultry Extension Specialist.Through the program, participants will learn how to develop a small-scale breeding and hatching program. This intensive school is made up of three lectures and corresponding virtual laboratories on topics including the basics of breeding flocks, incubation, and insight into hatch rates & resulting chick quality.


Saturday, April 10th, 11am—2pm

Basics of Breeding Flocks

Lecture: Selecting birds for a breeding program, appropriate male: female ratios, biosecurity, NPIP, choosing sound eggs for incubation, egg storage, and culling eggs

Lab: Selecting sound birds and eggs

Saturday, April 17th, 11am—2pm

Introduction to Incubation

Lecture: Choosing the right incubator, how to set up an incubation room, incubator and egg management, hatchers and their management, biosecurity, cleaning and disinfection, preparing a brooder

Lab: Walk through an incubation room and incubator set-up, candling demonstration

Saturday, April 24th, 11am—2pm

Hatch Rates and Chick Quality

Lecture: Differentiate good and poor chick quality and determine how breeder flock and hatchery management affect this. Learn the different reasons for “failure to hatch” and what hatchery residue can tell us about the incubation process.

Lab: Hatchery residue and chick quality review

All students will have access to the lecture recordings and PDFs of the notes following each class.

Registration for the series will be ongoing through the day of the last class, with recordings and notes available for interested participants to review on their own. Registration is $25 per person, and interested parties can register at:


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Last updated March 16, 2021