Club Music Makes Great Eggs

February 25, 2011

That's the philosophy one man utilizes in Hong Kong to produce chicken eggs with larger yolks.  35-year-old farmer Fong Chi-hung started his business in 2003 and began using music in 2006 to induce his chickens to lay larger eggs. Admittedly, the strategy is more complex than just simple club music.

Newborn chicks get love songs, 16 to 30 day old chicks get disco music (rebellious teenagers?), and the choices begin to vary more after the 30-day mark. When it comes time for the chickens to start laying eggs, the farmer turns on music at "club-like" levels from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Apparently his technique decreases the stress levels the chickens feel by creating a constant rhythm.

Egg on a spoon

The results don't lie. His mortality rate seems to have decreased by 50 percent since the introduction of the music and his eggs certainly appear to have larger yolks.

These "music eggs" will cost you though. They are, on average, nine times more expensive per egg than regular eggs from China. They would probably make an awesome eggs Benedict though.


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Eggs Benedict

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