Poultry Industry Considers Adopting Ways to Avoid Culling Male Chicks

Poultry Industry Considers Adopting Ways to Avoid Culling Male Chicks

Male chicks are no good for the layer hen industry and that's the reason why a huge number of male chicks are brutally killed every year when they are just one day old.

The pouty industry in New Zealand is considering adopting a new technology that might stop this practice by identifying the sex of the chick before the eggs are hatched.

In a year, the layer hen industry breeds approximately three million hens and almost the same figure of male chickens. But, the male chicks, which are not useful for the industry, are killed by a blabbed machine or gassing when they are just a day old.

The practice meets the requirements of animal welfare standards but according to the egg producers, they are eager to adopt the new genetic marker technology through which the sex of the un-hatched chick could be identified before it has "any sign of consciousness, which some people have some issues with."

Michael Brooks, the executive director of the Poultry Industry Association said, "Certainly the feedback I've had talking to the two hatcheries here is that if this is seen to work they would look to adopt it as well."

Scientists in the United States, German and Canada are working on different techniques to solve the problem.

This week, the United Egg Producers in the U. S vowed to stop mass culling of male chicks by 2020 or within a time period when the process becomes "economically feasible".