July 11, 2018 - Voice of America
Behind a row of sealed red incubator doors in a new facility in northern China, about 400,000 chicks are hatched every day, part of the rapidly modernizing supply chain in China's $37 billion egg industry, the world's biggest.
Once hatched, female chicks go to automated beak-clipping machines that process around 3,500 an hour. Huayu sells its male chicks as food for snakes, which are farmed in China for traditional medicine.
The Chinese already eat more eggs per capita than almost everyone else, about 280 a year or almost one billion a day across the country.