By Sander Lourens and Paul Mak
Wageningen University and Lively Research for Health Angel Foundation
In the summer of 2010, both of us were in a position to decide whether or not we were interested in doing research with chickens in the field of applied biophotons, focusing on the effect of vaccinations and antibiotics. There were risks involved, of course, but that didn’t deter us from jumping at the chance to do hands-on, on-the-spot, potentially groundbreaking research for Health Angel Foundation.
It became the start of a very interesting research project. Since then, a lot has happened. Some things didn’t work. Some things did. And after the first two months of frustrating lab work, we hit our groove. We did a number of experiments and pilot studies. Together we had a thorough background in both the practical knowledge regarding chickens and eggs, as in the applied biophoton field.
This is a short account of our work with laying hens, and as such doesn’t include all of our work. But it does show some remarkable, measurable results that have already caused raised eyebrows in a number of farmers and other professionals. The treatment of chickens, chicks and barns as described in this article has been done with several types of equipment, chief among which an instrument called a Chiren, which has been proven to influence the biophoton emission behavior of living organisms. Background Poultry is subject to a widespread vaccination regime.
While some of the vaccinations are mandatory by law, most vaccinations are given under the assumption that it can’t hurt to give the chickens some extra protection. Diseases are then dealt with mostly through the use of antibiotics. Vaccinations are known to produce a reaction that will inflict harm on the chickens, visible in the number of deaths, disturbances in the digestive tract and breathing problems to name a few.
And there is evidence suggesting that not only bacteria from mother chickens are present in chicks hatched from their eggs, but that the effects of the vaccinations in the mother chickens seem to be present in their offspring as well. Antibiotics are a further strain on the chickens. Also, laying hens are known to suffer from burn out, where the chicken will keep producing eggs while depleting any reserves it has, causing chickens to die suddenly at the end of the laying period.
Results when we first treated a barn and the chickens in it, not much seemed to happen. Until we reviewed the feed- and water intake with the farmer after some time. After being treated for vaccinations, the feed intake changed, as did the growth of the chickens. To briefly set the standard: A ‘normal’ growth patterns means that a chicken being raised as a laying hen will grow no more than approximately 9 to 10 grams per day, 14 or 15 grams for exceptional farmers and chickens.
The limited growth for laying hens is caused by the cross breeding that has taken place to maximize the laying capabilities of chickens. A byproduct of that cross breeding is that it is difficult to get the chickens to eat enough. However, after the first treatments, the chickens not only grew between 18 and 25 grams per day, but ate and drank more than before. Overall, the chickens grew a lot faster than the normal growth norm accounted for, and ate less than they should have according to the accepted norm: 5.7 kg/chicken instead of 6.3 kg/chicken in feed intake over a period of time. And this was for chickens that were already 12 weeks old when we started with the treatment.
At present, we monitor and treat a new flock of chicks the same farmer is raising. In the first two weeks, the chicks grew according to the accepted norm, but used almost 35% less feed to achieve that. So far, we can only assume that the feed intake may possibly drop to the almost 10% lower feed intake the slightly older laying hens are currently showing. Another unexpected result showed as well.
The one flock that was treated from 12 weeks of age onward was split into two for the laying barn, as required by regulations. We then treated one half of the barn with one half of the flock in it.
The chickens in the treated part of the barn started laying eggs a good two weeks earlier than the chickens in the untreated part of the barn. And even while laying eggs, the growth of 70 grams a week for the chickens in the treated part of the barn shows they are doing very well, equaling the growth norm for chicks that do not lay eggs yet. After having seen the positive effects of the barn- and chicken treatments on the younger chickens, the farmer asked us to treat his production flock of laying hens as well.
No direct effect seems present, but after several weeks the death rate dropped from an already respectable 2 to 4 chickens per week to 0 to 1 chickens per week. Compared to the industry norm of 12 for the size of the flock, this is nothing less than remarkable. The absolute jaw dropper for us was the other effect the treatment had on the older production flock. At 42 weeks, laying hens are past their prime and normally only show a decrease in the number of eggs laid.
This flock, however, has shown an increase in the egg production since the start of the treatment, and is at present producing 1.5% more eggs than before treatment.
It is common knowledge that genetics play a role in transferring traits from parents to children, and from mother chickens to chicks.
What is not yet common knowledge is that other forms of information are apparently also transferred from mother chickens to their chicks. As the title states: in that respect the chicken IS the egg in terms of information and traits. And treatment of both the chicks and the barn they live in can provide very tangible and positive results.
The research into laying hens so far will be continued into several areas. The effects of treatment on hatching eggs have been the subject of an experiment, and this will be continued with several pilot studies. The effects on laying hens will be validated through research at other farms. And the effect of treatment on broilers will be continued as well.