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Gender Bending LED Incubator Alters an Egg’s Sex

Egg Gender

A Minnesota firm has obtained a patent for an incubator that can alter the sex of an egg before it hatches. Naturally hatched eggs result in about 50 percent females and 50 percent males. Anyone who has ever hatched eggs hoping for a majority of laying hens knows the problem — too many roosters. To […]

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China Uses Thousands of Chickens to Control Locust Populations

Locust on Leaf

If you’ve been keeping chickens for any length of time, you may have noticed that they love to gobble up insects in your lawn and garden. In fact, chickens have such an appetite for insects that some organic farmers use them as environmentally-friendly alternatives to pesticides. In China, government officials are taking this idea one […]

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UK-Based Startup Is Turning Chicken Feathers Into Insulation

UK-Based Startup Is Turning Chicken Feathers Into Insulation

According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, there are nearly 19 billion chickens being raised as livestock worldwide. Chickens are the most populous farm animal in the world, and every day they shed thousands of tons of feathers. In some cases, these waste feathers are converted into low-grade animal feed. In others, they’re simply […]

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4-H Chick Chain Enjoys Renewed Vitality

4-H Chick Chain Enjoys Renewed Vitality

  Chick Chain is a 4-H activity that introduces youngsters, and often their parents, to the fun of growing baby chicks into laying hens. It’s called Chick Chain because participating youngsters receive baby chicks in the spring and sell some of their grown layers in the fall, with the proceeds funding the purchase of chicks […]

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The Year of the Rooster is Upon Us! Now What Does That Mean?

The Year of the Rooster is Upon Us! Now What Does That Mean?

Folks, we’ve officially entered the Year of the Rooster, so Cackle Hatchery went on a hunt to figure out what that really means for 2017. According to the Chinese lunar calendar, there are five types of rooster combinations, and animal signs must also coincide with one of five elements (fire, wood, water, earth, metal) that […]

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USDA Announces New Rules to Protect Livestock Producers

USDA Announces New Rules to Protect Livestock Producers

On December 15, 2016 the US Department of Agriculture announced that it will institute three new rules designed to protect the rights of livestock and poultry farmers who work with large meat processing companies. The Obama administration proposed a similar set of rules in 2010, but Congress blocked their funding. After the spending ban was […]

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National Steak and Poultry Expands Chicken Product Recall

National Steak and Poultry Expands Chicken Product Recall

On November 23, the Oklahoma-based company National Steak and Poultry issued a recall of roughly 17,000 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken products that had been packaged in early October. These products included a number of pre-cooked products including the popular Hormel brand of roasted chicken breast strips. This initial recall stemmed from concerns that the products […]

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Rogue Rooster Evades Capture in Pittsburgh

Rogue Rooster Evades Capture in Pittsburgh

Roosters are strictly forbidden by Pittsburgh’s city code, but that hasn’t stopped one rooster from taking up residence in the Steel City. Now known as Rudy, the rooster began squatting on the property of 69-year-old Henry Gaston a few years ago. He was originally accompanied by two other roosters, but they have since been apprehended […]

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Farmers Use Chickens as Alternative to Pesticides

Farmers Use Chickens as Alternative to Pesticides

Chemical pesticides might do a fine job of protecting crops from harmful insects, but they can also have a decidedly negative impact on local ecosystems. In recent years, agriculture experts have become especially concerned about the threat chemical pesticides pose to pollinators such as honey bees. That’s why some farmers have begun searching for other […]

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FDA Regulates Use of Antimicrobials in Poultry Feed and Water

Hen Drinking water

As of January 2017, backyard chicken keepers will have fewer options for treating sick birds. New regulations restrict the use of any antimicrobial that is administered by means of feed or water. More than 280 livestock products marketed by 26 companies are affected by this rule. According to two guidance documents —  #209 and #213 […]

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