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For the ENT episode of the same name, please see "Hatchery".
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A hatchery or breeding facility was a facility where a species' young, typically known as hatchlings, were hatched from eggs.

Several Xindi-Insectoid ships had hatcheries that were incubation facilities for the crew's eggs. (ENT: "Hatchery")

The mother Horta on Janus VI used the Vault of Tomorrow as a hatchery and nursery to store Horta eggs. After miners destroyed thousands of these silicon nodules in 2267, the mother Horta went on a murderous rampage throughout the Janus VI colony, which resulted in over 50 deaths. (TOS: "The Devil in the Dark")

The Dominion bred the Jem'Hadar in hatcheries, something Damar felt made them appear expendable to their breeders, unlike their adversary, the Federation, who did not. (DS9: "Penumbra") The Dominion maintained a Jem'Hadar breeding facility on Sheva II. (DS9: "Once More Unto the Breach")

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Portraying a Xindi-Insectoid hatchery was one of the first ideas conceived in the development of the episode "Hatchery". Commented Brannon Braga, "We always liked the idea of an insect hatchery." (Star Trek: Communicator issue 151, p. 32) A Xindi-Insectoid hatchery that appears in the episode was scripted, in the installment's final draft script, to be "a spacious, dimly-lit chamber."

In David Weddle and Jeffrey Lang's Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Section 31 novel Abyss, Ethan Locken (β), a rogue Section 31 member, uses an abandoned hatchery to breed Jem'Hadar soldiers loyal to him.

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