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It took a while but its been invented...no more cocks need ever be hatched again !!!

Well it took a long time but it had to come eventually.
Dutch tech company "Hatch Tech" have come up with a method for determining chick sex just nine days after fertilisation.

Its a chemical marker thats added to a drop of fluid from the egg that turns blue to say its male and white to say its female and claims to be 98.5% accurate.

So that should be an end to the 4 to 6 billion male chicks culled every year for reptile food.

Don,t hold your breath though as it will more than likely only be available to massive industrial operations and add a few extra cents to the cost of shop bought eggs.

nama-man
Sunday, December 23rd, 2018

Perhaps now past, but Some people on here could be deemed to have massive industrial operations going by the amount of birds they went through.
If it comes to pass it may well make eggs production cheaper ?

bantam1
Tuesday, December 25th, 2018

Tryin to decipher what your post means but no luck so far...especially the first part "the amount of birds they went through" etc no idea what that means.

nama-man
Thursday, December 27th, 2018

Not my post,yours. Turnover ! As in bred not bread.

bantam1
Friday, December 28th, 2018

Ah Ill stick to the old way I like the sound of a few cocks crowing in the moring time.

paddycrawford
Friday, December 28th, 2018

Agree 100%, poultry keeping without them must be mundane
and lacking . But when engaged in scientific research one probably needs neither,an armchair eggspert.

bantam1
Friday, December 28th, 2018

Yeah think you forgot to include the yeast there bantam and you won,t get any rise out of me.

The whole point of the article i mentioned which seems to have been missed altogether is that it should mean an end to the billions of male chicks going through a mincing machine still alive !!!
And surely no one can say thats not a good thing.

nama-man
Friday, December 28th, 2018

I get what your saying nama man.

paddycrawford
Saturday, December 29th, 2018


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