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A novel approach for sexing chicken embryos on day one before incubation - saving them from being hatched and disposed of.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - eggXYt (A novel approach for sexing chicken embryos on day one before incubation - saving them from being hatched and disposed of.)

Reporting period: 2019-10-01 to 2020-09-30

Chick sexing refers to the practice of separating male chickens from female chickens. This manual inspection is performed by human chicken sexers at hatcheries, the day after the chicks have hatched. In the layer industry, male chickens are useless because they do not produce eggs and they are too lean to be used for their meat. For this reason, day old male chicks are immediately disposed of, after having been sorted by human chicken sexers. This leads to a massive financial and moral challenge. Every year, 7 billion male chicks are needlessly incubated and hatched just to be killed, and hatcheries waste billions of dollars on the unnecessary incubation of these chicks, manual chick sexing, and waste management.

The EU-funded eggXYt project is revolutionizing the chicken industry by making it possible to detect the sex of the embryo, before the egg is ever incubated. This is accomplished by placing a biomarker on the male chromosome of the chick embryo, which can then be detected by a scanner at the entrance of the hatchery. EU funding has enabled eggXYt to advance significantly in the development and commercialization of this solution. Over the past year, eggXYt began a commercial pilot with one of the largest chicken genetics companies in the world to develop the first ever sex detectable chicken flock, and eggXYt has additionally joined the few select labs globally which are capable of applying revolutionary scientific techniques to chicken cells. eggXYt is continuing to deploy its EU funding to scale its sex detection scanner in tandem with the biological development.
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