A machine that identifies male and female chicks before they are born from eggs is born

Eggs laid by chickens are one of the indispensable ingredients for humans' dining table, but in the egg collection industry, males who do not lay eggs are unnecessary, so they are mass-slaughtered at the chick stage. To reduce such mass slaughter, a French poultry farm has developed a new device that identifies males and females from the egg stage.

French technology detects egg embryo sex to save killing male chicks


It is estimated that the number of chicks to be disposed of when they are found to be male reaches 300 million annually in the EU as a whole. In recent years, these practices have been criticized in terms of animal rights , and Germany has banned the mass slaughter of male chicks ahead of other countries.

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In 2020, the French government also promised to 'ban the mass slaughter of chicks by the end of 2021', and there is an urgent need for technology to identify male and female chicks in order to improve the efficiency of poultry farming. Under these circumstances, Hy-Line FRANCE , a poultry farm in Brittany, France, and Agri Advanced Technologies, a technology company specializing in poultry farming, distinguish between males and females by identifying the color of the chick's wings that are being formed in the egg by hyperspectrum. We have developed a device called ' CHEGGY'.

According to Hy-Line FRANCE, the introduction cost of CHEGGY is low, and the price of eggs identified by CHEGGY will increase by only about 1 yen per box. 'It's really insignificant compared to the scandal that a male chick is killed in the first day of life,' said Frederick Masson, CEO of Hy-Line France.

In addition to CHEGGY, German Seleggt has developed a technology that pierces the eggshell with a laser and injects a liquid that identifies female hormones, and Israeli EggXYT has developed a technology that illuminates the sex chromosomes with ultraviolet rays, before hatching. There are multiple options for the technology to identify male and female chicks.

However, Sereggt has a problem of 2% identification error and cost about 1 to 2 yen per egg, and there is criticism that it is genetically interfering with EggXYT in Israel. Hy-Line FRANCE CHEGGY can also be identified only on eggs 13 days after they are laid, and chicken eggs are at the stage where beaks, hairs, legs, etc. are being formed from embryos as of 13 days. Therefore, there are criticisms that 'it is not much different from breaking an egg to identify males and females'.

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