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on August 8, 2007

Do blind chickens lay more eggs?

The reason why is the way the blind chickens respond to light.

A strain of naturally blind chickens lay more eggs than their sighted counterparts, according to University of Guelph researchers. According to an article in Canadian press, the strain, called Smokey Joes, begin reproduction earlier and produce more eggs than the average chicken. The reason why is the way the blind chickens respond to light. The article says it is hoped the research will help producers develop improved lighting techniques to boost egg yields. 
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