The importance of speed and accuracy in the chick-sexing industry

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The fastest I was able to go with a sustained speed was around 1,200 chicks an hour—with accuracy, that's what's important. Japanese, the Niseis were very, highly accurate. If you had a thousand laying hens, you would find maybe one or two roosters in the entire batch. In other words, if you had a hundred thousand laying hens and you only had ten roosters, they have to be destroyed because there was no, nothing for, like the broiler industry, they don't generally eat Leghorns. Leghorns known for its laying capability, whereas in the broiler industry, you want a fatter, heavier chicken, and quicker.

Date: March 15 & 16, 2006
Location: Washington, US
Interviewer: Megan Asaka
Contributed by: Denshō: The Japanese American Legacy Project.

chick sexing

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