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Chickens Respond To Classical Music
According to a study by University of Bristol researchers, poultry prefers classical music to lay eggs by. As a result, a California-based company created a CD for hens with 3 tracks composed by British composer Jack Ketch. “Top of the Flocks” is free to download on SoundCloud (www.bit.ly/1CPuh72).
  Researchers tested classical, pop, rock and no music, keeping weekly data for 8 weeks. While the hens didn’t increase egg production, the boxes with classical music had 6 percent more eggs laid in them than the other boxes.
  “We already know that hens are sensitive to noise and that loud noises of 80 decibels or more can have a profoundly negative effect on them. But it seems pretty clear that the soothing tempo of classical composition can have a positive effect,” says researcher Isabelle Pettersson.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, the happy egg co (ph 415 795-2041; www.thehappyeggco.com; contact@thehappyeggco.com).

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2015 - Volume #39, Issue #1