The chicken industry prefers feminine chicks as they fatten better.

The chicken industry prefers feminine chicks as they fatten better.

Men in many cases are killed after hatching. Germany’s Food and Agriculture Ministry would like to end the procedure that is bloody by peering straight into the egg.

What exactly is in the egg? Which is a relevant question it doesn't just interest children within the supermarket whom shake their Kinder Surprise eggs and wonder whatever they're getting. It is also a question that is important the agricultural industry - even though focus just isn't on chocolate eggs, but chicken ones.

Now scientific study has managed to get feasible to check in the hen's egg to ascertain a chick's gender.

The question of whether a fertilized hen's egg will turn into a male or a female chick is extremely important - male chicks are not well-suited to become broilers, neither do they lay eggs for poultry farmers.

Every year about 45 million male chicks are killed in Germany alone shortly after they are born as a result. On commercial livestock farms, they're usually gassed or shredded alive.

The training could end thanks to soon a food-ministry supported research study led by the University of Leipzig, that has developed an approach for determining the gender of fertilized eggs as soon as 72 hours following the incubation procedure has begun. (más…)