A good hatching egg is the basis for the production chain for poultry meat and eggs. Producing that egg puts great demand on the breeders’ skills. Managing parent stock flock production, health and keeping the hatching eggs under perfect conditions before transportation to the hatchery is vital. This special focusses on optimisation of the process from the breeding farm to the point the day old chick leave the hatchery and head to the broiler or rearing farm.