Scientists are now able to determine a chick’s gender before it hatches, potentially ending the need to culls billions of male chicks worldwide
The world’s first ever no-kill eggs are now on sale in the German city of Berlin after researchers were able to figure out a chick’s gender even before it hatches.
The development marks a breakthrough that could put an end to the annual culling of billions of male chicks worldwide, reports The Guardian.
The patented “Seleggt” process is able to determine the gender of the chick a mere nine days after the egg has been fertilized.
Seleggt Managing Director Dr Ludger Breloh said if the gender of the hatching egg could be determined, the culling of the live male chicks could be dispensed.
An estimated 4-6 billion male chicks are slaughtered globally every year because they serve no economic purpose. Some are suffocated, others are fed alive into grinding or shredding machines to be processed into reptile food.