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Egg sexing close to market

The race to bring egg sexing tech to market is extremely close. Different technologies are being developed in Germany, Israel, Canada and the Netherlands, and which one will reach market first is becoming clear. Here is a Poultry World update on which technology is expected to commercialise first.

In the egg business, incubating male eggs and infertile eggs is a colossal waste of resources. Right now, all hatchery eggs are incubated, and chicks are sexed a few weeks after hatching when it’s possible to determine gender. This occupies valuable hatchery resources, is very labour-intensive, and the subsequent slaughter of male chicks is a significant animal welfare concern. It’s no surprise then, that technologies are being developed to prevent all this. Here are the latest updates on the contenders – how each technology works, when each is expected to hit the market, speed, cost and more. Please note that some firms were not comfortable with providing some of the requested information.

5 contenders in bringing egg sexing technology to market:


  • Daniel J Rioux

    Interesting concepts, how would the implementation of these programs effect the cost to the producers?

  • gubbi lokanath

    Good from business point of view in LAYER MARKETING only. What has been the percentage of success ? Can all the eggs marked as possibly having male embroys be unhatched/not incubated and sold ? What will happen to eggs with possible female embroys in broiler/meat type birds ? There are lot of evidences of having heavier females than males and henceforth, chances of losing such females from being marketed out exists.
    As of now, the information is still obscure, until some concrete evidence comes.

  • jenifer pandey

    All chickens are not born equal. Some are bred for size — the bigger the better, destined to be roasted and toasted, oiled and broiled, shaked and baked and sliced and diced en route to their ultimate demise at your dinner table.

    Others are bred to be lean, mean, egg-laying machines that push out hundreds of eggs each year.

    But those scrawny, too-small-to-eat male chickens — about 302 million egg-layers producing over 80 billion eggs a year in the U.S. — have created a problem for egg producers.

    In order to maintain the supply of egg-laying hens, some of those 80 billion eggs must be fertilized, incubated and allowed to hatch. But the moment those adorable chicks break out of their eggs, about half of them just aren't useful.

    Male chicks born to egg-laying hen breeds are unsuitable for meat, and only a select few are needed to keep the species going. The rest of the males — about 300 million of them nationwide — might be adorable...but they're useless to egg farmers. So they're immediately swept up and gassed, suffocated or, more often than not, tossed into a grinding machine.

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