Tips for reliable transport of chicks

The objective of the transport department is to strive for perfection in the dispatch of chicks in first class conditions anywhere in the world.

For many truck drivers and equipment operators involved in the transportation of balanced feed, hatching eggs and chicks, dedicated professionalism is something considered normal. The main point is always to satisfy the customer.

A modern, well-maintained vehicle that is clean and in good operating condition is routine for transportation equipment.


Biosecurity is basic for these drivers, as they travel to farms, company facilities and customers in a large area. The main priority is to prevent the spread of diseases. Each transport area has its own set of requirements, all designed to protect the health of the birds, both internally and from customers buying breeders.

Transport trucks

Specially equipped transport and egg collection trucks are needed to carry eggs and incubator carts to the correct place at the designated time.

External temperatures can rise above 38 ° C (100 ° F) and fall to -29 ° C (-20 ° F). Despite all these extremes, the chicks remain inside the custom designed trailer with climate control at a comfortable temperature, with enough air exchange, to keep them active and healthy. The integrated power units provide the energy needed to keep the ventilation equipment running without stopping.

You should even have two integrated electric generators, capable of giving full power in case a unit fails. Training in the use and maintenance of these units is usually provided by the manufacturer to the drivers. The dispatch of a live product gives the driver more responsibility to ensure that the chicks are in a good environment and conditions throughout the trip to achieve the status of “perfect order” for a successful delivery.

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“The work does not end until the paperwork is done.” This applies perfectly in the transport department. Safety, driving time regulations, traffic infractions, vehicle inspections, log information required to document travel activities, driver’s health status, all points that need to go through constant scrutiny. It is also important to maintain a good safety record. There needs to be a good training for long-distance drivers.

Monitoring system

The trucks must be equipped with a monitoring system based on GPS technology. This system is able to provide the logistics manager with various parameters of the truck and its load, from the moment the vehicle doors are closed, until its arrival at the destination when they are reopened. It gives you information on whether the truck stops or is moving, its speed or if any of the doors are opened.

To ensure that birds are comfortable, the system also monitors internal and external temperature and humidity, as well as the performance of the truck’s temperature control system. This also allows you to contact the driver at any time during the trip by using a locator located in the cabin, by simply sending a text message that asks you to contact the office.

International flights

In cases where chicks have to be dispatched internationally, more care must be taken. For example, there are 18-ton vehicles that can dispatch chicks from the incubator to airports, for international delivery. These vehicles can carry up to 40,000 chicks. The readings of the different temperature sensors located at different points of the load are shown in the cabin, where the driver is able to vary the temperature by one tenth of a degree at a time. The air quality has to be correct, so there are six exits on the floor of the vehicle that control the air flow: two for recirculation and four for fresh air.

Drivers have to respond to a wide range of delivery times dictated by international flight schedules. By satellite navigation, the movements of vehicles are followed, which in the case of some governments, for example in Europe, is a requirement of all animal transport that lasts more than eight hours.

The route must be planned through satellite navigation, which takes into account the weight and height restrictions of roads and bridges. The tachograph records speeds, traveled distances and hours worked by the driver.

At the airport the chicks are kept in a controlled environment during the preparation of the loading platforms and while waiting for movement to the aircraft loading area and to the same aircraft in a raised loader. The position of each load of chicks inside the airplane is carefully planned, in which transmission units adjusted to the ground are used to move each platform to its previously assigned place.


Only accurate and well-planned teamwork is what makes balanced feed, eggs and chicks transported and delivered to where they are needed on time and safely. The ultimate goal of all is that the day-old chicks reach the farm in fundamental conditions, wherever in the world.

Much of the success of daily deliveries is clearly based on the commitment, organization and character of the transportation team, which must have a professional focus. – Cobb Focus 

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