… one day old male chickens (cockerels) that are being discarded each year because they don’t have any significant value in the food chain. We think that’s a real shame and want to change this. In Ovo has been developing a solution to this problem since 2011. Our technology will make the killing of these animals obsolete. Now, together with a large consortium, we have got the opportunity to start making a real difference.
After being active in the Dutch poultry sector for a while, In Ovo gained support from key players in the industry for the development of a gender screening for chicken eggs. Both the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Leiden University decided to back the pragmatic approach of the founders of this Leidenn University spin-off company. A consortium of parties from the industry, the Dutch government, an NGO, the university and In Ovo signed a letter of intent in May 2014 to move the project to the next level.
Now, we have established proof-of-concept and have shown that it’s possible to gender type chicken eggs halfway during incubation. Our technique is much faster than anything that has been developed before. Large scale sorting of fertilized breeding eggs in a hatchery is now within reach.
Our project partners, Ministry of Economical Affairs and Leiden University, provided funding for the first two phases (started August 2014), during which In Ovo established proof-of-concept. Results of these phase will be published here soon. Now, we are developing the first real life prototype a sorting device, that can automatically screen and sort eggs on gender. We will launch a first commercial device in the beginning of 2020.
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Laying chickens use all their energy for the production of eggs and tend to be a lot smaller than broilers. Because of this, male layers do not have any value for the poultry industry: they don’t lay eggs and produce very little meat, which is why they are being disposed of right after hatching.
Worldwide, 3.2 billion male chickens are being killed every year. This happens with the laying chickens of all housing types. It doesn’t matter if the chicken is caged, barn raised, free range or organic: for each hen one cockerel has died.
We believe that by applying science in a smart way, we can offer a practical and innovative solution for this problem. Together with some of the best scientists in the field of biotechnology, biology and biochemistry, we work around the clock to make our vision a reality.
This project will prove that animal welfare and efficiency go hand in hand. Together with our partners and the supporters of our consortium, we will be able to show that our innovation can change the poultry industry forever, to everyone’s benefit.
In Ovo is a young and dynamic spin off company from Leiden University. Our team uses its background in biology, biomedical sciences, biotechnology and microbiology to improve both efficiency and animal welfare in the poultry industry. We are known for our high-throughput egg sexing solution. This system will prevent the […]
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Please help us reach as many people as possible by sharing our video! This animation, made by our friends from Public Cinema, briefly explains how we want to prevent the mass killing of day-old male chickens in the poultry industry. Each year, over 3.2 billion chickens are killed by either […]
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