My trip to Atlanta was, as always, an eye-opening trip. One of the things that stuck with me, as I wondered the aisles, was the number of international exhibitors. I got freebies for my kids that I can’t read. (International exhibitors give away the BEST stuff….I got an oriental labelled magnetic chess set from one of them!….I’m not even sure what country the company was from.) There were entire aisles where spanish and chinese were the main languages spoken. It made me think of egg farming elsewhere in the world. I talked to an Egyptian farmer, who had to make his own fans, because of some embargo that didn’t allow him to import equipment that he thought was decent quality. Then a farmer from India who was concerned about air conditioning his chick barn so that they didn’t die from heat prostration (they like temperatures of 94F…..and he had to COOL them to that temperature!!).
Then, at one of the lectures I attended, there was a “Future of Chicken Farming” video shown from the United States that was made in 1946. The description of the challenges and goals of the farmers of the time were amazing….there was no such thing as a broiler-type chicken then….people cooked up and ate laying hens when they were done laying. The goal of the time was to try to develop a bird with a reasonable amount of meat on it….how things have changed.
Anyway, I started looking around for examples of different egg farming practices from around the world. Many of the modern egg farmers across the world mostly deal in similar technology….the world is shrinking. But the traditional and smaller farms vary considerably. As do the attitudes towards egg handling and food safety. I honestly don’t know if any of these pictures are representative of egg farming in any of the places or times represented. I found them interesting, and eye opening. You may find some things that you could apply to your backyard, or possibly gain an appreciation of the opportunities that we have that other areas do not share.