Colorado Egg Producers

Myth:AI will cause egg prices to skyrocket.
Fact:While the full impact of this disease on the market is still not clear, it is likely there will be some short-term disruption as we work to restore the egg farming community to full production levels.
Myth:AI doesn’t affect backyard chickens, only those on large farms.
Fact:AI can be contracted by all poultry, regardless of their living environments. While no positive findings of AI have been identified on any Colorado egg farms, there have been several identifed cases on egg farms in other states. We are closely monitoring this situation and are taking all necessary steps to further protect our flocks here in Colorado.
Myth:I will get sick if I eat eggs from a hen with AI.
Fact:The identified strains of AI have not affected any humans and cannot be transmitted through safely handled and properly cooked eggs or poultry. Eggs from farms that have tested positive do not enter the shell egg market.
Myth: Eggs are a 'genetically modified' (GM) food.
Fact:  Eggs are not a 'genetically modified (GM)' food. This includes shell eggs and eggs used for processed egg products. Only traditional breeding techniques are used to produce laying hens in the U. S.; neither chickens nor eggs are modified by genetic engineering. Even when a laying hen eats genetically engineered feed, any products unique to genetic engineering are destroyed by the digestive processes of the hen. Scientific research has confirmed that none of the genetically engineered materials are passed into
the egg.
Myth: Hens are kept in cages so small they can’t even spread their wings.
Fact: CEP standards are based upon science, third party verified and provide sufficient space requirements for each hen based on the breed. These science-based standards have increased the amount of space provided to each hen by nearly 30 percent in the last 10 years.
Myth: Egg producers put hormones in the hen feed.
Fact: Growth hormones are never fed to pullets being grown for egg-laying nor during the egg-laying period. The hens have a high quality, nutritionally balanced diet. The feed is meticulously formulated with the proper nutrients to produce quality eggs and is perfectly balanced with ingredients made up mostly of corn, soybean meal, vitamins and minerals.
Myth: Beak trimming is cruel.
Fact: CEP’s Code of Conduct recommends beak trimming only when necessary to prevent feather pecking and cannibalism and only when carried out by properly trained and monitored personnel. Some of the advantages of beak trimming include reduced pecking, reduced feather pulling, reduced cannibalism, better feather condition, less fearfulness, less nervousness, less chronic stress and decreased mortality.

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