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The world's first no-kill eggs have been rolled out to supermarkets after scientists discovered a way to determine a chick's gender before it hatches.
The eggs are now on sale in Berlin, Germany, and could put an end to the needless culling of billions of live male chicks every year.
Project - 'Seleggt - Scientists - Chick - Gender
The new project, named 'Seleggt', allows scientists to determine a chick's gender before it hatches, meaning the male ones can be disposed of before they are born.
Seleggt managing director Dr Ludger Breloh, told The Guardian: 'If you can determine the sex of a hatching egg you can entirely dispense with the culling of live male chicks.'
Chickens - Eggs - Meat - Males - Eggs
Chickens are usually bred for eggs or meat, but the males do not lay eggs and do not put on enough weight to justify being kept for meat.
Seleggt said the new technology meant male younglings 'can be rejected long before they hatch and no longer need to be killed as day-old chicks'.
Eggs - Days - Incubation - Period - Feed
The eggs can be identified as male nine days into the 21-day incubation period, and turned into animal feed.
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