Egg industry continues to ‘make strides’ to recovery

by Gillan Ritchie

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — An outbreak of the avian influenza swept across the Midwest this spring and left the egg farming community reeling. Thirty-five million egg-laying hens, 8 million turkeys and 5 to 6 million pullets — chickens that are a day old to 19 weeks — were affected due to the outbreak.

Broiler chickens, which are used for meat, were not affected as much because there aren’t many broiler farms in areas where the flu occurred. Broiler chickens are sent to the market around six weeks old; and younger birds are less susceptible to the bird flu than older birds.

Read the full article at poultrytimes.com.

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