July 24, 2015. Candor, North Carolina.
After arrival, the eggs are quickly put into large incubators, or "setters". Each setter holds around 87,000 eggs, ranging from 0 days old, to 18.5 days old. The eggs are rotated once an hour to move the more mature eggs around the room, providing CO2 which helps the younger eggs.
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.