• Course Information

    Avian Egg Incubation Workshop
    6-10 December 2021

    The Avian egg incubation workshop is a five day practical workshop designed to give participants the skills required to successfully incubate bird eggs and deal with problems that could arise.

    Who is it for?

    The workshop is aimed at curators, keepers, veterinarians, serious private breeders and field biologists involved in managing breeding birds, both in captivity and in the wild. Whether new to egg incubation or experienced with managing eggs, participants gain a broad range of skills necessary to ensure optimal hatchability both in the incubator and in the nest.

    "I have become more confident as a manager and more assertive in the animal management choices I make". EGG INCUBATION workshop participant.

    What is the course content?

    The workshop will cover the following:

    • Embryo and membrane development
    • Factors affecting hatchability before and during incubation
    • Hatchery management techniques
    • Artificial incubation and its role in field conservation programmes

    How will you benefit?

    Participants will break out embryos at all stages of development (older embryos are euthanised first) and gain first hand experience of candling techniques, egg repair, hatching assistance and egg necropsy. 

    Where will the course be run?

    The course will be held at the Durrell Conservation Academy at Durrell's headquarters in Jersey.

    How much will it cost?

    Course fee: £650 this includes:

    • All course materials
    • Unlimited entry to Jersey Zoo during the course
    • Certificate of attendance
    Optional full board accommodation is available in our on-site hostel for £52.50 per person per night. Optional lunches are available for non-residents at £8 per person per day.


    The course is run in partnership with Susie Kasielke, Avian biologist at Toledo Zoo & Aquarium. She is joined by Colleen Lynch from Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, and additional lecturers from Durrell's own Bird Department.

    Download the leaflet to find out more.

    To book a place, please complete the application form and email to academy@durrell.org 

    For information please call +44 (0)1534 860037.