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Poultry value chain/Nigeria - Tech to determine chick embryos' sex developed

19 May 2015

A German veterinary professor, Maria-Elisabeth Krautwald-Junghanns has developed a way of determining the sex of chicken embryos while they are still in the egg. Poultry value chain producers, mostly small-scale farmers, tend to discard male chicks with the assumption that they cannot lay eggs and because male fowl meat is not tasty. However the breakthrough method could spare male baby chicken been destroyed after hatching. Discarding unhatched males still in the egg will have fewer ill effects nevertheless embryos are unable to feel any pain at this stage of development, according to the veterinary professor. The development will help reduce investment costs in the poultry value chain in developing countries, by finding the right choice of chicks demanded depending on the nature of poultry project.


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