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New German hatchery focuses
on complete transparency
A new broiler hatchery in Germany is working to bring the
outside in and reap the benefits of being transparent.
there to all who want to see.
The facility is the initiative of
Hans Groot Koerkamp and Klas
Knol, Dutch nationals with a history in chick and other agricultural production.
A year in construction,
Koerkamp and Knol worked with
design-and-build partner Bright
Buildings, specialists in architecture that make the maximum use
The new Optibrut hatchery in Germany
of natural light. Building, machines
tries to maximize the use of transparency
and installations are said to be "opand natural light. Mark Clements
timally matched," yet despite the
future-looking design, costs were
A new hatchery with an emphasis on transparency in
kept low through use of standard components.
the outskirts of Nordhorn, northwest Germany, came
into operation late last year.
The Optibrut facility, close the border with the
Maximizing use of natural light is thought to
Netherlands, is working with transparency literally
bring several benefits, with daylight said to make
employees and chicks feel fitter, more energetic and
By making the maximum use of natural light, it
alert. Where staff are concerned, this is said to raise
is bringing the benefits associated with daylight inproductivity while lowering absenteeism and, where
side the building for workers and chicks, but the deenergy costs are concerned, bills are lower.
velopment has also been described as a "YouTube"
The transparent nature of the building is not
hatchery, opening up the work that is carried out
restricted to the outer walls. Inside, there are glasswalled corridors, which means the
public, should they want, can see upEarly chick feeding adopted by
close how operations are carried out.
Holland's largest hatchery
The Optibrut hatchery may claim
to be the first completely transparent
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