Brüterei Süd is a Hatchery in Harmony

Wiesenhof  is the largest poultry producer in Germany and a leader in Europe in setting quality standards. In 2016, Wiesenhof completed its total renovation of the Brüterei Süd hatchery in Bavaria using ChickMaster Avida setters, hatchers and ventilation system with heat recovery. After many years of planning, this facility went through an extensive process of converting from multistage incubators to single-stage with the goal of improving chick quality, hatchability and bio-security. Mission accomplished!

On a recent trip to Europe, Chad Daniels and Andrés Fernández visited the hatchery to offer our support to this good customer. They were able to review several areas of their operation to fine-tune and gain even better results in terms of hatchery performance, while reducing operating costs. Using the tools that Avida incubators offer in conjunction with Zeus ventilation controllers and Maestro software, the team continues to gain the efficiencies that define a Hatchery in Harmony.

Picture (left to right): Chad Daniels, ChickMaster; Andreas Tischler, Hatchery Manager; Marek Pichta, Assistant Hatchery Manager; Andrés Fernández, ChickMaster.

Efrat Harmonizes with New Hatchers

Efrat Broiler Breeders, located in Hadera, Israel is a long-time user of both Classic and Avida incubation systems. We have recently commissioned new CVH model hatchers to offer improved airflow and greater energy efficiency. The hatchery will also benefit from having a Maestro system to communicate with all incubators in the hatchery, allowing for better information to improve the overall hatchery performance. The 24 hour remote access function will also allow continual monitoring of what is happening in the hatchery. We appreciate the confidence and support by Efrat as a ChickMaster customer and friend.

Picture:- Tamir, hatchery manager, in front of the new CVH hatchers

The New Plastic Tank for Ultrasonic Humidification in Classic Setters

We are introducing the new plastic reservoir tank for the Ultrasonic Humidity System used in Classics. We recognized that the stainless steel tank that sounded great when first introduced, did not always stand up to the challenges of water quality in the hatchery. This new plastic tank is designed to be more durable than not only the stainless steel tank, but also more than those offered by our competitors. Made from deep draw vacuum forming it is essentially unbreakable, as proven in our testing. We filled the tank with water and dropped it on a cement block, and the only damage was a couple of scuff marks from the impact.

The competition’s tank is made from hard plastic sheet. The parts are cut to size and either glued or sonically welded together. In our development and testing we worked with a customer that had tanks from a competitor and our new plastic tank. They showed us how the competitor’s tank becomes brittle and starts to come apart, causing leaks. Our new tank held up to the test and showed no signs of wear over many months of testing. We had found a better solution. Customers will also find this upgrade to the original tank to be easier to clean and repair due to being clear in color and easily disassembled. An improvement for all new incubators and all Classics that are in operation today.

Special introductory Offer

The Ultrasonic tank has the part no. 640D-34-4972. The list price for the tank is US$275. It is shipped with all new Classics starting in June 2017 and is also available as a replacement part. FOR A LIMITED TIME we are offering this new tank at a special price of $220 each. That’s a 20% discount from the regular list price. The new tank can be used with any existing Ultrasonic system supplied by ChickMaster.

Contact our sales department ( for more information or to place an order.

PD Hook invests in Avida hatchers for Duns

The UK’s leading day-old-chick producer PD Hook has a hatchery in Duns, Scotland. It originally had setters and hatchers of a competitor using a 150-egg tray. A few years ago, PD Hook ran a trial using a ChickMaster Avida hatcher. They quickly learned that using a better hatcher resulted in improved chick quality, better feed conversion and lower first week mortality. Since the trial, PD Hook has invested in additional ChickMaster hatchers to improve the results in this hatchery while still using the original setters.

The Avida hatcher offers better sealing and a more evenly distributed airflow. This allows for better management of the air damper when the chicks start pipping, but at the same time increases the humidity that is produced naturally to give that extra energy the chicks require to hatch in a tighter window. This process leads to chicks ready to go to the farm and start their growth cycle naturally. The key to success is always produce a chick with minimum stress that grows faster when going to the farm. The Avida hatcher is designed to meet that objective. We thank PD Hook for their confidence in ChickMaster and appreciate their recognition of the importance of a good hatcher in achieving a Hatchery in Harmony.

Atlantic Leghorn Breeders Expands

The Canadian market has a new Hatchery in Harmony. Located in New Brunswick, Atlantic Leghorn Breeders has just commissioned new Classic setters with Avida Symphony hatchers. Looking to improve efficiency, the hatchery has added the Symphony model hatchers to replace their older smaller models. These new hatchers will reduce the amount of space required in the hatcher rooms, lower the overall operating costs, and produce superior quality pullets.

“I had a fantastic group of people from the hatchery to assist me with the building of these incubators,” said Brandon Goble, ChickMaster’s installation supervisor. “I know this equipment is going to operate very well in this hatchery. They require some complicated planning due to the nature of the commercial layer business but the new incubators will give them added flexibility in their production scheduling.”

We thank Atlantic Leghorn Breeders for their support and trust in ChickMaster.

Pictured above:- The hatchery team at ALG
Pictured below:- ChickMaster’s Brandon (left) with Brad Dalrymple, Co-Owner of ALG

Iberavi in Spain selects Avida Symphony and Aria

After a devastating fire destroyed their hatchery, Iberavi has chosen to rebuild using ChickMaster Avida Symphony setters and hatchers with Rock Control and the Aria Energy Management Ventilation System. Iberavi is a joint venture hatchery of Oblanca in León, Spain and Multiave of Portugal. The team from Oblanca is responsible for managing the hatchery and chick production for the partners. After looking at their options for the reconstruction, the Iberavi management led by Javier Oblanca decided to continue with the incubators that were a proven success for them for many years.

Robert Holzer, President of ChickMaster commented, “I visited the hatchery in spring of 2016 and it was a sad event when the hatchery was lost a few months later. Once Javier Oblanca and his team were ready to plan how to replace it, we put our team together to define the project. They had offers from all our competitors but decided to work with us. We wanted to prove our commitment to working with them for the future. Contrary to rumors spread by others, ChickMaster is committed to the European market as we have been for more than 18 years. We appreciate the confidence of the Oblanca team to select us to provide a Hatchery in Harmony solution.”

The planning for the new hatchery is now fully under way. The new facility will include the Avida Symphony 18 trolley setter using our 82-egg tray and the AH384 hatcher with the 82-egg hatcher basket that is also used as a chick box. The controls will be the new Rock control that has been well received and ordered by many new hatcheries since its introduction. The hatchery will also include an Encore system (SPIDES) for long-term stored eggs and an Aria system to control the ventilation and room pressures of the entire hatchery. Featuring heat recovery and energy efficient controls, Aria will manage the room environments while reducing the overall energy consumption by utilizing the recovered heat from the setter and hatcher cooling systems.

Andrés Fernández, sales manager for Spain, stated, “This is a very exciting and important project for us that reassures our presence in the European market. On a personal level, it will allow me to work with a multidisciplinary team formed by personnel from both companies. We are very grateful for being part of this project and for working with Roberto Herreras and his team on the proper completion of the rebuild”.

Thank you to Oblanca and Iberavi for their confidence in ChickMaster.

Meet Our Service Management Team

We recognize that incubators work 24 hours a day and give service for many years. Our customers look for help on new equipment as well as finding ways to keep the investment of older equipment running the same as it did on day one. Our commitment to service and support starts with a team of managers who are learning every day about new equipment as well as incubators installed over 30 years ago. There is a large installed base with many different variations, but we have a group of people based in our factories in Medina, Ohio and Bridgwater, England who rise to that challenge every day. They also have a great team of service technicians and hatchery specialists that assist them on installations and customer service visits.

“I have been working with ChickMaster for only a few months, but have already been to a number of hatcheries and enjoy meeting our customers,” commented Bill Boden, Medina Service Manager. “I have seen new equipment get installed and commissioned and also visited customers with new upgrades to equipment that was originally installed 25 years ago and look like they did when they were first started.” 

Craig Harrison, our ChickMaster UK Service Manager stated, “I get to work with our customers in many different countries. They all want help that can make them more successful. That motivates me to respond and use my experience to help them.”

When you need assistance, please call and trust our service group to give you technical support and answers. You can call them direct or use our 24 hour emergency hotline if that urgent need occurs. It has been our commitment to service that has built the trust and long term relationships we enjoy with ChickMaster customers. The service management team wants to continue and improve that process to give our customers a Hatchery in Harmony.

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Bill Boden – Field Service Manager
Tel: +1 (330) 722-5591 Ext 129

Mike Justice – Customer Service Associate
Tel: +1 (330) 722-5591 Ext 185

Craig Harrison – Service Manager
Tel: +44 1278 411058

Emergency Customer Support Tel: +44 1278 555111
From the USA: 011 44 1278 555111
From the UK: 01278 555111


We had a very busy, exciting, and successful three days at the International Poultry Expo in Atlanta, Georgia. After first showing the new Avida Symphony with ROCK control at the Eurotier in November, we had the opportunity to show it off again at the exhibition in the USA. As expected, we had lots of interest and great feedback about this new concept in incubation control. With more than 150 commitments to Rock controls already, the number is growing as ROCK proves to increase hatchery performance while reducing energy costs. We also displayed our new GeMeric 3, an improved control upgrade for any one-zone or two-zone setter or hatcher. This was introduced last year and is now working in several hatcheries and soon to be more.

It was great to spend time with our many sales representatives from Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East. Customers from those areas as well as the United States spent time talking to us about new projects we will be installing this year, or those still to be planned and decided in the future. It is always a good opportunity to meet face to face with old and new friends and this event was a brief time to show how ChickMaster continues to evolve and improve both our products and organization to better serve our customers around the world. A great way to start off 2017 with Hatcheries in Harmony!

Banvit Turkey Expands with Avida Symphony and Rock Controls

Banvit, the leading producer of chicken in Turkey and a long time customer of ChickMaster, has recently confirmed to update a hatchery in the eastern section of the country with Avida Symphony single stage setters and two-zone Avida Symphony hatchers. “We have worked for two generations with Banvit” stated Robert Holzer, President of ChickMaster. “For many years Banvit have continued to produce from our Classic incubators but this new facility is their second Avida single stage hatchery.”  Several years ago Banvit built a new hatchery with Avida setters and hatchers that is a state-of-the-art facility. It includes a ChickMaster designed ventilation system with unique heat recovery. Martin Keswick, Managing Director of ChickMaster UK, recently visited the Avida hatchery for a project review meeting. “I was so impressed with the quality and management of this facility. It is several years old and looks like new,” commented Keswick. “The results confirm the quality of the facility and its management. This new facility will be another example of the commitment between our two organizations.”

Banvit ( is a major producer of Halal chicken that is exported throughout the Middle East. It was recently acquired by BRF of Brazil with a 60% share and 40% belongs to Qatar Investment Authority. We were honored to be selected to supply our latest model Avida Symphony for this third major hatchery of Banvit using ChickMaster incubation systems. We thank Banvit for their continued support and confidence in our organization and equipment.

Picture:- Mrs Yagmur Gürbüz, Hatchery Assistant; Mr Sezgin Engüdar, Hatchery Manager

Improvements in Bridgwater Make Work Brighter

The CM plant in Bridgwater, England is the center of our ventilation product technology and manufacture. The UK operation also supports customers throughout Europe with replacement parts for setters and hatchers. To enhance the working environment we recently invested in improved lighting to give us brighter working conditions for our technicians and engineers. With our current strong order backlog of CC3 and Aria Systems, the English plant is running very busy at the start of 2017.

“It makes such a big difference now that we have the new lighting” commented Martin Keswick, Managing Director of CM UK. “It was something we discussed previously, but now that we have a full work program of new equipment to deliver I was pleased to get this project underway.” 

This improvement gives us brighter work areas for our UK team as well as a brighter outlook with the many orders we will be delivering in the coming months.

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