Preventing chick culling

with AI-powered spectroscopy

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🐣 Problem

What is chick culling?

Annually 7 billion male day-old chicks are culled
In the egg-laying industry, around 7 billion male day-old chicks are killed every year since they can’t lay eggs and can’t produce enough meat to be profitable for the industry due to genetics optimized for egg production.
While Germany and France already banned chick culling – since 2022 and 2023 -, the European Parliament is currently discussing an Europe-wide ban on culling day-old chicks.

Raising male laying hen chicks is highly resource-intensive and costly, requiring three times more feed and resulting in a loss of €3.20  per male chick raised.

 

The dual-purpose chicken, a breed reared for both meat and egg production, is not a viable solution because it is not optimized for either meat production or egg laying, making it too costly and resource-intensive.

 

Hatcheries are looking for a sex detection method of chicken embryos in the egg (in-ovo sexing) that is non-invasive, early, and cost-effective. However, no ideal solution currently exists on the market that satisfies both hatchery and consumer expectations for global adoption.

💡 Introducing Omegga

We are building a humane and sustainable alternative

Omegga is developing a non-invasive, purely optical, machine learning based method for in-ovo sex detection of chicken embryos at an early stage. Our solution enables egg-laying farms to implement a sustainable and economically viable approach that complies with the evolving legal regulations and consumer preferences surrounding male chick culling.

01 / Incubator integration
Plug & play integration of Omegga hardware into existing incubation infrastructure.
02 / Data collection
We use light to scan the closed embryonated eggs every five hours from incubation day 3 to day 6.
03 / Sex detection
Our AI detects a chick´s sex based on various time-based indicators by the 7th day of incubation.
04 / Sorting & repurposing
We increase a hatchery’s efficiency by freeing up space, and allowing for
male chicks to be repurposed into new revenue streams.

“A real price advantage for laying hen farmers, and a great opportunity for an internationally scalable model.”

Burkhard Brinkschulte

CEO, Gut Averfeld Hatchery

Why is it important to do the classification non-invasive?
Non-invasive classification is important since it doesn’t harm embryo development, is more scalable, and requires less human involvement.
First and most important by day 7, you can be sure that the embryo doesn’t feel pain. Moreover, sorting the eggs early gives more options to use them for other purposes, like clean eggs for the vaccine industry and also frees up 50% of the incubation space early on, saving hatcheries additional costs.
“Nothing is cheaper than light.” Our core technology using light is affordable, fast, and precise. Furthermore, it’s non-invasive and purely optical, meaning no consumables like chemicals or needles are required, and also no additional personnel.

Omegga’s in-ovo sexing solution will undergo large-scale industry testing with a selected group of pilot hatcheries in 2024 and will be available in the German market in 2025.

 

Contact us to pioneer the future of in-ovo sexing!

👋 ABOUT US

Our team has a passion for sustainable tech and animal welfare

At Omegga, we harness our diverse expertise to pioneer sustainable poultry technologies. Our team of entrepreneurs, engineers, veterinarians, and industry experts is dedicated to enhancing animal welfare and making poultry farming more ethical and resource-efficient. We offer hatcheries an economic opportunity and sustainable alternative to culling male chicks. We strive to accelerate the world’s transition to culling-free egg production and become the leading global provider for in-ovo sexing.
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Katharina Hesseler
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