The initiative has gained support from the ASPCA and Compassion in World Farming.
In global egg production, for decades, it is common practice to immediately cull male-born chicks since the males do not lay eggs – 300 million annually in the US and 6+ worldwide. This waste of 50% of chicks being moved into macerators (grinders), instead of grown for food, has been viewed with disdain by many who enjoy eating chicken and eggs.
Commercial egg and chicken industries have not shown interest in raising these male birds for meat, but now, in an innovative shift, Kipster, a Dutch company and newcomer to the US egg market, will be raising these males to roosters and at 15 weeks will process them for human consumption.
This Dutch company will open its first U.S. layer farm and visitor center in Indiana in January 2023. The egg producer focuses on better animal welfare, tackling food waste and carbon-neutral eggs, according to its website.