France Falls Short of Ending Culling of Male Chicks

Due to an exception to a new rule, the French government has fallen short of a promise to end the practice of culling male chicks by January 1st, 2023. Most hatcheries must now use in-ovo sexing technology to prevent the hatching of males in the first place. However, producers have gained permission to continue the culling of white male hen offspring because it is more challenging to determine their sex prior to birth. White hens produce the eggs used in animal feed and other agro-industry products. This equates to more than ten percent of male chicks born in France annually.