Animals in British Farming»Laying Hens

Are male chicks killed in the egg industry?


Information sourced from UK Government, BBC.

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Male chicks in the egg industry are killed shortly after birth usually in a gas chamber or less frequently by blending alive. Male egg laying chicks are not raised for their flesh because they are a different breed making doing so unprofitable.

Under UK law surplus chicks may be killed for any reason either by gas chamber, blending alive, or snapping the neck. It is not a requirement that they are male, although these are most often the one that are culled.

Male chicks being blended alive

Male chicks being blended alive