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DSM in Animal Nutrition & Health

The innovative way to produce more chicks

Hen culling, infertility, embryo mortality and low-quality chicks cost the poultry industry worldwide a lot of money annually. To combat this, We have developed MaxiChick™, a specific and published patent solution to boost the productivity of the breeder flock.
Little chick in a farmer's hand

In both scientific trials in universities and practical experiences in the field, the use of MaxiChick™ delivered at least two more chicks per housed hen, thanks to:

  • More hatching eggs
  • Improved fertility
  • Higher hatchability
  • Healthier chicks

How it works

Egg yolk is very rich in Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids (PUFAs), which are important pre-requisites that fulfil various needs of the developing embryo. Because they are unsaturated, these PUFAs are prone to oxidation. The surrounding membranes therefore need protection against this process. During the development of the embryo, the production of nocive oxidative particles increases, and this can adversely affect the PUFAs.

What is behind MaxiChick™

Carotenoids (such as those present in MaxiChick™) are particularly well situated in the yolk to neutralize these oxidative particles and boost the antioxidant capacity of the egg. This enhances the fertility and the survival chances of the embryo. MaxiChick™ also contains vitamin D3 metabolites. These encourage better transfer of calcium from the shell to the embryo, strengthening its skeleton while making the hatching process less traumatic for the chick.

The components of MaxiChick™ function also as immunomodulators. These help the chick to deal better with infectious challenges, thus improving its survival rate. This leads to the production of higher numbers of chicks, which are also of better quality.