SELEGGT – Milestones

The SELEGGT GmbH aims to further develop the SELEGGT process to achieve:

  • full automation
  • faster analysis
  • implementation in third party hatcheries


SELEGGT Circulus

Introducing the fully automatic SELEGGT Circulus with an analysis rate of 1 hatching egg per second.


International Expansion

Over 1 million respeggt chicks are already in the supply chains and over 6,000 supermarkets and discount supermarkets in Germany, the Netherlands and France sell respeggt eggs.


First test run with the fully automatic machine.


Nationwide release

The respeggt eggs are sold in several supermarkets.


Weekly use of the SELEGGT process

Since March 2019 the SELEGGT process has been in use weekly. The eggs of the hatched respeggt hens are marketed as respeggt eggs.


Press conference with Klöckner, the Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture

At a joint press conference in Berlin, Minister Klöckner, Dr. Breloh and Mr. Kunath (deputy CEO of REWE Group) announce to put an end to chick culling in Germany and offer the chicks to all interested market participants.


Introducing the prototype 1.0 with Schmidt, the former Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture

The first prototype of the sampling technology and the marker for hormone analysis were presented together with Minister Schmidt at a press conference.


Foundation of SELEGGT GmbH
SELEGGT GmbH was founded as a joint venture in March 2017 with the goal of developing a practice-ready solution for endocrinological gender identification in the hatching egg. Based on the research of the University of Leipzig, a procedure shall be developed which ensures the end of male chick culling in the long term. Three strong partners from research and technical development have joined forces for this purpose: Innovative experts from REWE Group and the Dutch technology company HatchTech B.V. and researchers from the University of Leipzig.