Perdue Farms recently announced that it is in the process of eliminating the practice of inserting nasal implants, known as “Noz Bonz,” into the nostrils of male chickens in its breeder flocks. The company said the latest announcement is part of the continuous improvement of its Animal Care program.
The implants provide the males with access to feed specially formulated for roosters while physically preventing them from accessing the feed optimized for breeder hens. The plastic pegs prevent the rooster from reaching through hen feeders but still allow them to freely access their own feeders and water.
“We have discontinued ordering the implants and will completely stop the practice by Jan. 1, 2017,” the company said in a statement. “This will give us time to finish converting the feeders used by the females and to make the changes necessary so that males and females continue to receive the appropriate feed.”
Perdue said it is also working on the first update to its Perdue Commitments to Animal Care, which was announced this June. The update, which will be released by early 2017, will include a wide range of breeder flock initiatives as well as continued advancements in broiler flock care, the company said.