Hatchery Waste and what to do with it

What to do with hatchery waste


Hatchery Waste


In poultry hatcheries, the main waste products include eggshells, feathers, manure, feed, bedding material, and hatchery wastewater. The following are some of the methods to dispose of these waste products:

  1. Manure: The excrement produced by chickens and other poultry is a major source of waste in hatcheries.
  2. Hatchery litter: This is the bedding material used in the incubators and chick boxes, which can become contaminated with manure, feathers, and hatched eggshells.
  3. Unhatched eggs: Unfertilized or dead eggs can accumulate in the hatchery and contribute to the waste stream.
  4. Mortality: Dead chicks, which are a common occurrence in hatcheries, also contribute to the waste stream.
  5. Hatchery wastewater: Hatchery wastewater contains high levels of nutrients and organic matter.


To get rid of these waste products, there are several methods that hatcheries can use, including:

  1. Composting: This involves mixing the hatchery waste with organic matter, such as leaves or sawdust, and allowing it to decompose. This can help to reduce the volume of the waste and produce a useful fertilizer for the hatchery's gardens or fields.
  2. Land application: In some cases, hatchery waste can be spread on fields as fertilizer, providing a valuable source of nutrients for crops.
  3. Incineration: In some cases, it may be necessary to burn the waste in an incinerator to reduce the volume of waste and eliminate any pathogens that may be present.
  4. Recycling: Feathers, eggshells, and other materials can be recycled or repurposed in various ways.
  5. Due to the high levels of nutrients and organic matter hatchery wastewater can be treated and reused for irrigation or discharged into a municipal wastewater treatment facility.

It's important to note that the best method of waste management will depend on the specific requirements of the hatchery and the local regulations regarding waste management. In all cases, it's crucial to ensure that the waste is managed in a safe and environmentally responsible manner to minimize the impact on the environment and public health.


Published academic article by Phil Gatz, Zhihong Miao & Belinda Rodda:

Handling and Treatment of Poultry Hatchery Waste: A Review


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