Canadian Poultry Magazine

Egg farm to raise male layer chicks for meat production


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The move has garnered support from the ASPCA and Compassion in World Farming.

Dutch egg company, Kipster, plans to eliminate male chick culling at its U.S. layer farm by raising the roosters as an alternative meat source.

Currently, a chick’s sex can only be identified after hatching. Male chicks are of little use to the egg industry and are typically considered too lean to eat by consumers, although some research suggests that specific diets could help male layer chicks reach an acceptable slaughter weight for meat production.

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