Written by 3 April 2018
Plumpton College Game Management department received their new 6,090 egg incubator this week, and with new equipment arriving weekly, this years rearing is set to be a success.
With new and up to date technology such as the incubator, our game management students are taught to the highest standard, making them ready to enter industry at the end of their course having had first hand experience with such equipment.
Students will complete an incubation, rearing and release programme as part of their course, allowing them to gain further knowledge and understanding of the sector.
The incubation of gamebirds is a vital aspect to the gamebird production within the UK. Incubating eggs from your own laying stock or buying them in can make savings, which helps shoots develop in other ways.
Pheasant eggs are incubated for 21 days followed by 3 days in a hatcher before they begin to hatch. After hatching the day old chicks are moved to pre-heated sheds with everything they need to develop into strong healthy birds. We currently have 4858 eggs currently in the incubator.
Since the original 400-acre College farm was bought back in 1919, Plumpton College has certainly seen a lot of changes.