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Music helps raise quality chickens

Taiwan's government has introduced methods developed in Australia and New Zealand to allow chickens to listen to music throughout the day, which is said to help locals raise top-quality chickens.

A chicken farmer in Yunlin County, Taiwan, was struggling with the high cost of chicken feed. Earlier this year he received assistance from the government in the form of music piped in to serenade the 40,000 chickens in their coops for 3-4 hours during feeding time.
The farmer stated that he noticed the positive effect the music was having on the chickens in just a short period of time. In the past, he said, it took over 90 days to grow a chicken to a weight of 3 kg. The period shortened to 80 days after they introduced the music, which means savings of over NT$100,000 in feed costs for each batch of chickens.
Additionally, the owner said that not only do both the cocks and hens exhibit even temperaments, but the chickens even produce better meat. Moreover, they are sold out when they hit the market. The birds also received certification for the chickens' being raised with music and sold without pharmaceutical residues. Their popularity has even prompted Singaporean buyers to request them.
The farmer said that on the trip he made to New Zealand and Australia in 2007, he discovered that pigs and cows that had been treated to music there were larger than those that weren't. This is becoming so popular that Universal Music Group was reportedly hired to put together a compilation of tunes, and airing the music at the chicken farms here has been a complete success.

Editor WorldPoultry


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    Mary Carolyn Ardaiz

    With reference to the article in August 25, 2008 about the MUSIC HELPS RAISE QUALITY CHICKENS, I would like to ask what type/kind of music is recommended for the poultry? Is it classical or jazz?
    Your reply is much appreciated. My email address is

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    I would like to know what type of music was played. I had my chickens listen to classical music at night when they were in the brooder, but stopped when they moved to the coop. I am now thinking I should start again. thank you

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    arijit misra, india

    I am a farmer of Eastern India. I fully agree with your research, for the last three years I am allowing broilers to listen 10 to 12 hours music a day except brooding period.

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    Emmy Kewber

    Dear Researcher on Music. It is great to read about your findings on Music but what scientific objective evidence do you have on the physiological mechanism that leads to positive correlation in flocks performance with music? Lets be scientific and look at the link between the growth hormones in commercial broilers and hormones like Prolactin and LH, in commercial layers. Also look at the manner in which music can make poultry attendants active (not sleeping during working hours),on the feed saving technique, I strongly believe it is the feed density that matters and the avoidance of feed wastage that can lead to shorter fattening period thus improved Performance efficiency Factor (PEF) especially for commercial broilers.
    Pertaining raising top quality chicken, points to look at in my view are Proper feeding, Good nutrition, disease prevention and comprehensive management. Please lets give time to find objective evidence how music trigger optimum performance. Also lets link how music influence the psychology of poultry attendants. What I know is that Day old chicks are audio sensitive to any noise on placement and how this leads to better daily gain(ADG) should be checked.

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    it is nice,,,but there should be a source or some explanation that would prove or justify the potential of music to broiler...

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