July 24, 2015. Candor, North Carolina.
After 18.5 days in the setter, the eggs are vaccinated for Marek's disease and then placed in the hatchers for another few days until they break out of their shells and enter the world as chicks.
Chicken producer Perdue Farms Inc. has become the first major poultry company to attempt to raise more than half of its flock with no antibiotics, human or for animals only. As demand for meats free of medicines has risen, Perdue has upgraded their facilities to increase cleanliness and sterility to allow the company to cut antibiotics out of the chicken hatching process.