do genetically modified feeds make chickens infertile?

Thursday, January 2:

Our informal survey of laying-flock owners, carried out over the past year, to date presents results of unqualified unanimity:  not one of the farmers we’ve spoken to has seen an even remotely reasonable second lay.  That means that their young hens, after a first few months of laying and a moult, do not go on to a second year of egg-laying.  In other words, they become sterile.

When the girls and I butchered forty one- and two-year-old hens in September, not one of them had a fully formed egg in her, and only two had partially formed eggs.  Until the past couple of years, we would have seen eggs in at least fifty percent of them.

Go look up the article in the Huffington Post on GMO’s and infertility, and then check the ingredients list on your poultry feed.

And if you want to know why, then, the egg-factory farmers aren’t complaining, perhaps it’s because in their operations, a hen never gets a chance at a second lay — she’s shipped to the soup cannery.

Time for new chicks and home-grown feeds.

9 thoughts on “do genetically modified feeds make chickens infertile?

  1. Yeah well, the problem is world population. We need to stop having so many children. The world, without genetic modification, cannot handle 7 billion people. That’s really the bottom line, but everyone is too afraid to say or admit it. So I’ll be the bad guy and say it.

  2. Non GMO corn out yielded GMO corn this year….in Iowa as read in AG week……there goes that theory… to over population, I think it’s nearer to 9 billion people, give or take a billion:) Our children are the future………don’t buy into that notion of over population!!

  3. GMO grains is a very real and serious threat to the health of our animals.. (no-one is talking about the rising infertility in human American males either) .. What would be a good home grown feed for a small farm like mine without a lot of cropping land or machinery?..I feed a lot of oats and wheat which are not GMO but the corn is so cheap.. I have not thought about it before but i have the same problem with my hens.. and now that i have found you i am toff o puddle about and read some of your older wrting.. many thanks .. c

    1. Cecilia —
      We’re going to put in several hundred feet of black oil sunflower seeds this year, and twice that in OP corn (we’re miles from the next cornfield). We’re small, too, and trying to find out what can be done on the human scale. Chickens like amaranth but I’m not sure I want to try to harvest it in quantity — I’m considering planting a low tunnel of greens just for the chickens next winter, it should have a positive effect on their lay —
      Barley is about equivalent to corn in nutritional value, easy to grow, but last year we were late harvesting and a lot shattered and then sprouted in with the mangel-wurzels —
      Shawn is a theatre prof with acting/directing credits
      I like your blog —
      gotta go get the pigs out of the woods!

  4. oops.. ‘Off to puddle about’.. is probably what I meant! sunflowers are a good idea i might plant those too. Good for pigs too, i gave them the whole heads last summer. Next spring. I am putting all my hens, and the meat chickens, out in chicken tractors on the grass in the fields. The meat chickens I did last year grew like weeds on the pasture, with a little grain and lots of pub scraps and left some wonderfully fertilised strips of pasture behind them. Plus they are very tasty! But in the end we can only do our best. c

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