TIL: There is birth control for chickens. While recommended for hens that are having issues with egg development, some just use it because they think suppressing egg production will extend (and improve) the life of a hen.

Read more: https://www.chickenvet.co.uk/news/post/hormonal-implants-for-chickens

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  1. The closest living relative to the domestic chicken – the red jungle fowl – lays 10-12 eggs a year. Hens in the egg industry lay ~300. If a hen were able to see things rationally, they would see every unfertilized egg as a bad thing; eggs deplete their bodies of nutrients, are painful to lay, and can cause injuries or death. There’s no doubt that birth control makes the lives of hens better

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