Friday, February 29, 2008

A New Level of Feather Sexing

One of the most time consuming and expensive parts of the poultry production process is undoubtedly sexing of chicks. Accuracy is critical, so that the correct sex of bird is placed. Scientists in Germany are developing a test that will eliminate the old standby methods of vent and traditional feather sexing. These methods can be stressful on the birds, the new test would be minimally stressful to the birds. The Scientists propose to use tissue pulp from a birds feather in a lab apparatus to instantly and with minimal stress determine with 95% accuracy the gender of the bird. If this test works out and can be made cheap enough so that industry can utilize it, it could change the poultry industry.


K. Lutz said...

This is pretty amazing and fast to give results. I wouldn't be surprised if in the near future, we will be able to determine the sex of the chick before it even hatches or even be able to control the sex of the chicks.

G. F. Barbato said...

curiously, the idea of using chromosomes/dna from feather pulp originated with a penn state graduate!!!

steve is currently on the faculty at cornell.