Poultry International - February 2018 - 12
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New German hatchery focuses
on complete transparency
A new broiler hatchery in Germany is working to bring the outside in
and reap the benefits of being transparent.
The facility is the initiative of
Hans Groot Koerkamp and Klas
Knol, Dutch nationals with a history in chick and other agricultural production.
A year in construction,
Koerkamp and Knol worked with
design-and-build partner Bright
Buildings, specialists in architecThe new Optibrut hatchery in Germany
ture that make the maximum use
tries to maximize the use of transparency
of natural light. Building, maand natural light. Mark Clements
chines and installations are said
to be "optimally matched," yet
despite the future-looking design,
costs were kept low through use
A new hatchery with an emphasis on transof standard components.
parency in the outskirts of Nordhorn, northwest
Germany, came into operation late last year.
The Optibrut facility, close the border with the
Maximizing use of natural light is thought to
Netherlands, is working with transparency literally
bring several benefits, with daylight said to make
employees and chicks feel fitter, more energetic and
By making the maximum use of natural light, it
alert. Where staff are concerned, this is said to raise
is bringing the benefits associated with daylight inproductivity while lowering absenteeism and, where
side the building for workers and chicks, but the deenergy costs are concerned, bills are lower.
velopment has also been described as a "YouTube"
The transparent nature of the building is not
hatchery, opening up
the work that is
Early chick feeding adopted by Holland's largest
carried out there
to all who want
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