Every year, around 300 million male chicks of the egg-laying breeds are killed in the EU alone because they do not lay eggs and it is uneconomical to fatten them.

SELEGGT GmbH seeks to solve this problem. At the University of Leipzig, Prof. Einspanier developed a marker for endocrinological gender identification in the hatching egg. SELEGGT has further developed this fundamental research in such a way that the process is now practice-ready and new flocks of hens are already hatching every week.


Our team’s high scientific and technical standards enable us to develop a process which is at the cutting edge of technology, easy to use and can rapidly analyse a large number of hatching eggs.

Thanks to the SELEGGT process, male chicks will soon no longer need to be killed.

What can SELEGGT GmbH do to prevent millions of chicks from being killed?

Consumer eggs produced in Germany in 2016 12,97 billion
Number of laying hens in Germany in 2015 47,54 million
Number of male day-old chicks killed in Germany in 2016 46,88 million
Number of hatcheries for laying hens in Germany in 2016 around 26