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What are chickens fed?
Diet fed to chickens is predominantly based on corn, wheat, barley, and soybean meal. Generally speaking, cereals grains provide the energy component of the diet, while soybean meal primarily provides the protein. Vegetable oils (soybean oil) are usually included to provide additional energy when deficient.
Chicken diets are also fortified with additional vitamins, minerals, and some amino acids that are not present in sufficient amounts in grains, to meet all nutrients requirements.
Why do many people wrongly believe that chickens are fed hormones?
The main reason might be that people note that the chickens sold in the market are much bigger than those that may be raised in their backyards. They may wrongly conclude that this must be as a result of some unnatural intervention.
The actual reason for this increased growth rate is the extensive selective breeding that have been adopted by the industry over the past 50 years, and which aim at using selected breeds not only for fast growing birds but also for healthier and more resistant ones. However, this definitely does not mean that chicken are genetically modified but it is traditional cross / and selective breeding techniques.
Are chicken given antibiotics?
There is no routine, unnecessary, and off label use of antibiotics or other medication in any of our farms. Chickens are only medicated if there is a risk of disease that threatens the flock. This is rarely the case at our farms as we take extreme measures to prevent infection
Can we consume the meat of a diseased chicken?
Unlike many other animals, most diseased chickens will not affect people. Some organisms which can cause illness in people may be carried by chickens such as Salmonella species, but these are not dangerous if the meat is handled and cooked properly
How is chicken properly cooked?
Cooking to a temperature of 72 degrees should be sufficient; however we should make sure that this temperature is reached at each part of the chicken, especially at the core. Therefore, the amount of time you need to cook chicken meat depends upon the type of cut and how big it is. Although a good rule of thumb is to cook it for one hour per kilogram, a simple way to get an indication of whether it has been cooked enough is to stick a fork into the thickest part of the meat, the juice that comes out should be clear.
What is the difference between white and brown eggs?
Eggs shell color is simply due to breed difference, without any nutritional implications in the egg content. Usually the brown egg is laid by brown hen which is not as efficient in productivity as the white strain hen, which result in little bit higher price of brown eggs.
Are blood or dark spots in eggs indication of embryo formation?
Not at all, it is a natural process that occasionally happens (3 to 30%) as a result of some veins rupture in the ovarian tissue of laying hens. The incidence varies with strains of birds, increases with age, and may be higher in brown eggs. These laying hens cannot produce fertile eggs (no embryo), as they are raised separately from roosters.

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