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Karen Knapstein
Date
November 7, 2013

Chicken vs. Egg

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Chickens, like most people, are more productive during the day, when there’s a bright and shiny sun to keep them awake and active. And when you’re a chicken, active means laying eggs.

In the dark winter months, less sunlight typically means fewer eggs. But when your community relies on egg production to make sure everyone gets enough to eat, what do you do when you’ve got a flock of chickens dealing with S.A.D.?

If you’re a big corporate chicken farm, you turn on the lights. But if you live somewhere that turning on the lights isn’t a viable option, this idea might keep you in eggs all winter long. The Henlight is a solar-powered LED light that it’s designers, who are students at U.C. Davis, say can boost egg production by 80 percent in the winter.

So what do you think? Is tricking a chicken the future of feeding the world? Vote in the poll now!

171 comments on “Chicken vs. Egg

    1. Alyssa Hart

      i think it’s the next best thing because i LOVE EGGS and the amount of eggs sold in my town has increased ALOT!

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      1. dylan

        I think that the egg light is a bad idea beacuse only the farmers would be buying it and it is a horriable idea AND IT WON’T SELL

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    2. Jenna

      I have chickens, so this is really great! I don’t like eggs, but in the winter my family cooks deserts and different things using eggs, so this will definitely help our chickens!

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    3. Sabrina C.

      I believe that this new invention is a great idea. It will give farmers the chance to produce more eggs, which in turn, raises their income. It will also get many eggs into the stores to use for the holidays. If this light does not hurt the chickens, nor affect the outcome/quality of their eggs, I believe this product will be successful in our society.

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    4. kaitlyn robinson

      Yes the hen light is the next best thing ever because it will help chickens lay eggs more. The more eggs you have, the more happier people are, because you can eat scrambled eggs, hard boiled eggs, and much more.:]

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    5. Kendra

      No, its a bad idea because the chickens wont sleep and they will die faster, then you wont have as much eggs and chickens as you did before.

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    6. Carmia-Evans

      I don’t really think it’s a good idea. Don’t we get enough eggs already? We go to the store everyday and never find that they ran out of eggs.

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    7. Steve Handsome

      It is a good idea, because it will help chickens produce more eggs. When the chickens prodeuce more, they will be in stores. They can be cheaper too.

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    8. Kelly smith

      i am the girl who sits at lunch by herself i think it is a good idea and would love to have fresh eggs every morning!

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  1. Addy Rieken

    I do not believe this is a good idea because the chickens wont be able to sleep. Also i am an animal person and i find it rood to trick these animals because you would not want them to trick you.

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  2. Robert Naylor

    I think it should be published because I have chickens and I know they need lite so that would be the best thing for them

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  3. Colton Testerman

    I think that it would be a pretty good idea to have a hen light because the egg making in the winter decreases.

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  4. Henry Ford

    I think that this is a horrible idea. Chickens have rights and should be allowed to make their own desicions. I have learned this the hard way. I am current member of PETA and a vegetarian and animals should have the right to make their own decisions. If you do this then the wrath of all the gods and animals will be unleashed and it will end with your demise.

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  5. AlYnA

    More eggs, means more omelets!! And almost everyone loves omelets. That would also be great for farmers because it increases the amount of eggs they get to sell, therefore, they get more money.

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  6. Catherine Cann

    If they use the LED hen light then that would mean that the eggs would not cost as much in the winter, because there would be less eggs and that would raise the price of the eggs.

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  7. Mikayla Hooker

    they should have LED lights because it will help the eggs because I think it will boot the egg production. Then there will also be more eggs in the winter too!

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  8. David

    Yes! The hen light is the next big thing. Allowing farmers to sell eggs all winter will potentially lower our winter price on them.

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  9. benji

    the chicken LED lights are a very good idea, because the extra light lets chickens produce more eggs. it also runs on solar power, saving tons of money for the farmers

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  10. Devin

    I think it is so cool with the chicken led light but the only problem is that it might wake the chickens up early in the morning

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  11. c-dog

    I think it would be cool to have more eggs for a light and the best thing is its powered by the sun. the sun is a powerful thing so are eggs.

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  12. dena williams

    I think this is a good idea because it is vary hard for farmers during the winter to keep the chickens laying eggs. keep up on your ideas !!

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  13. Leia Elkins

    I think that is a waste. Chickens laying their eggs is a natural occurence, and should not be interfered with by technology. This is just whining farmers

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  14. Hayley

    I think that the chicken led light is a good idea because we will have more eggs that will be provided in the winter for us and maybe the cost of eggs will decrease

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  15. Alexis

    I think that this is a great idea, it might bring down the cost of eggs. However, I do think that it may cause some discomfort to the chickens. If that is the case and it does cause the chickens discomfort then I would say don’t do it. But if it does not I think that this is an excellent idea.

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  16. jaianna

    i think its cool and smart and good job to who created that and it would had to take 30 of me to think like that.

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  17. Asa Anderson

    The light is an eggscelent idea, because we get more eggs for Easter to paint on! And more green eggs and ham.

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  18. Carter

    I think it is the next big thing because some people eat lots of eggs and egg sellers will make lots of more money than usually

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  19. Rebekah-Patterson

    I think it is a good idea. I hate eggs by themselves, but I ate them with a bunch of other things. If eggs can be produced faster an faster that would be great. I hear people saying that this might be animal cruelty, but I disagree with them. Farmers want to take care of their chickens and they know that chickens will not make as many eggs if they are sleep deprived. I think that farmers will use the light a little bit past the time it gets dark, maybe an hour or two longer and then turn the light off.

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  20. Brittany Yates

    This is not a good idea. Winter is the only time chickens can get a break for giving birth 24/7. This invention can only deprived them of sleep.

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    1. Harley-Main

      Finally! Someone else agrees. If we have this invention, then it would only cause problems for the chickens.

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  21. Ms. Linenger's 5th Grade Class

    If chickens produce 80% more eggs in the winter, the price of a dozen eggs will go down. The farmers will be helped too. Eggs are brain food!! :)

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  22. Carrie-Dean

    I think the light will make life easier for farmers. especially in the winter season when hens don’t lay as many eggs!

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  23. kelsey-dietrich

    this is not the next big thing. Your are technically forcing the animal to lay eggs.this is not the next big thing

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  24. hannah

    its a good idea think about is farmers need food in the winter or more chickens in their coop plus i’m a cowgirl so we need the eggs wen its winter.

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  25. Avani

    I think this is a great idea because if the light makes the chicken have more eggs than prices of the eggs will decrease, especially in the winters since chickens usually don’tlay a lot of eggs in the winter.

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  26. Brook

    It’s AWESOME. But the next big thing should be something else than eggs and chickens. I got to say you have my vote because it is pretty amazing!

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  27. morgan-webber

    Negative.I don’t think it would be a good thing to use 24/7 maybe every now and then.It just doesn’t feel right

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  28. Egbertorivera

    Yes because if there was no sun or light how are the chicken watch there egg they might get die with no light and it might keep them warm in winter so it can lay more eggs and end up good baby chicks or not Maybe food to eat so they should you’s the light

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  29. Egbertorivera

    Yes because if there was no sun or light how are the chicken watch there egg they might get die with no light and it might keep them warm in winter so it can lay more eggs and end up good baby chicks or not Maybe food to eat so they should you’s the light so yes lite it up so America can eat some eggs so we can use it power to the eggs and the chicken
    We can get more eggs in the stores and get more food fore your family so we should :)

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  30. Trinity Steward

    the answer would be yes for the following scenarios 1)Without chicken led light egg production would be down causing the possibility of stores such as bakeries and pastry shops to close. Secondly egg prices would rise dramatically causing consumers to not be able to afford eggs

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  31. Kila S.

    Yes it is the N.B.T. Not a lot of eggs are hatched in the winter. Which means the farmers might not have a whole lot of money further into winter. If they have the chicken light then it would boost profits, boost sales and that means more money for the farmers and the economy. So I think it’s the next big thing.

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  32. Trinity Steward

    the answer would be yes for the following scenarios 1)Without chicken led light egg production would be down causing the possibility of stores such as bakeries and pastry shops to close. Secondly egg prices would rise dramatically causing consumers to not be able to afford eggs. Thirdly the wide rang of farmers would lose money and cause then to lose there chickens

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  33. Hayley N

    I think it’s just another light. That is good that it’s cheep, but I don’t think it’s the Next Big Thing.

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  34. Amber m

    I believe this will work because we usually need more food during the holidays and around this time of year is when they are most needed

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  35. Ashley Sanders

    This is a very good idea. I know my family loves eggs in the mornings and get disappointed when we don’t have eggs! GOOD IDEA!

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  36. Avani

    I think that this is a great idea because the more light the chicken has then the more eggs it can make. If the chickens make more eggs than the prices of eggs will decrease which is a good thing. This invention is especially useful in the winters because chickens will have more light to lay eggs. Also, it is solar powered so the farmers can save some money too.

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  37. Mason

    I raise about 30 chickens a year and I think this is wrong. It totally messes up the chickens natural reproduction system on laying eggs. The winter is time for the chicken to rest and the eggs laid during the winter will be lower quality than ones in the summer.

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  38. Hannah-MIddleton

    I don’t think. This is kind of meddling with nature. If we do this, we might get more chicken eggs then we expected. Let nature take its course.

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  39. Marissa

    Yes, because farmers need eggs to sell to make some money and we need it to cook or eat we can’t have less eggs, we need more eggs!

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  40. Clem-Robertson

    I think that it is a great idea. A lot of people eat eggs for breakfast,for a snack, or for anything. And if eggs are going to get low in the winter,then a lot of people will get pretty mad. I myself like eggs so I say let the light shine!!!!

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    1. kalise-jones

      but what if its a family that needs that money to survive? i mean i get your point with like multimillion dollar companies that DON”T need it but what if that’s what a family NEEDS to SURVIVE then,I think you could bend your conclusion…couldn’t you?

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  41. Carly Begg

    I think that the Henlight is a very good idea due to that the light will help the hens lay eggs and that is something that is very important to the farmers that use that product.

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  42. casey hendricks

    I think that this is an amazing idea my dad is a farmer and he does want his I told him about it he thinks it can be a great impact on the future of our business

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  43. Kendra

    No, its a bad idea the light will keep the chickens up, and the wont produce as many as the did before,and the will die faster because the didn’t get enough sleep.

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    1. farmer

      you know Kendra it is ran by solar power so it will turn off during the night so they can sleep fid u ever listen when they said it was solar power

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  44. kalise-jones

    Yes, but only if they need it.
    Its not fair if you don’t need the work to work your employes over time…even if they are chickens.

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    1. farmer

      not only will they need it but they want it i know because i am very good with animal emotions because i live on a farm

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  45. Kate Lauer

    I think this should be the next big thing because, Christmas is in WInter and you need eggs to make Chistmas cookies, cakes, etc.

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  46. farmer

    i think this is the next big thing because if you have more eggs during the winter then you can have more cakes & cookies for the holiday

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  47. farmer

    i think this is the next big thing because the more eggs during the winter the more cakes & cookies for the special time of year

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  48. Jorge-Rodriguez

    I think is good because theres going to be more eggs so the egg’s price will go down an that is better for most of the people

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  49. Tara

    I think that it is a good idea. It would lower the prices of eggs in the winter. The bad thing is that it could discomfort the chickens and if the eggs are produced to quickly and nobody always picks them on time, the chicken can eat it :(

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  50. Brianna Pacheco

    No!why waste money on a object when half of us are going into winter and there would be no sunlight so no way to use it.

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  51. Patrick stalker

    I think this invention is great because it would most likely produce more eggs, so in this case i think its a great idea.

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  52. Colton H

    I think that it will be the next big thing. With the winter season coming up with its holidays, like Christmas, eggs are a necessity. You make cakes, cookies, egg nog, and even that big Christmas day breakfast with the piles of pancakes, juicy bacon, and those scrumptious eggs.

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  53. hailey goff

    I think that the hen light is a bad idea because, the eggs need heat from their mom and not just a regular light

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  54. Corey Evans

    I think this invention is a great idea! Chickens will produce a lot more and there will be a bigger egg production.

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  55. Benjamin Reyes

    I Dont Think The Hen Light Is The Next Big Thing Because It Is Going To Make The Eggs Faster With Not As Much Protien……….

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  56. Kenny

    I don’t think it’s the next big thing. First off, we have enough eggs in the world. Also, lots of companies know how to make a solar powered light. I don’t see anything special about this one. Lastly, how do the farmers afford it. It really depends if it’s a rich or poor farmer. To the best of my knowledge most farmers are poor.

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  57. Shelby

    It’s wouldn’t work……trust me I have over seventy chickens at home that I have to care for…..music helps ……..light doesn’t

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  58. Elise D

    I live on a farm and i am ALMOST positive that the chickens would like the light. As long as the chickens are happy, I’m happy too:)

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  59. jacob perry

    I don’t believe that people will buy it because it will ether run on batteries or simply plug in which still can cost a lot.

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  60. laura b

    yeah i think tricking chickens is fine to feed the poor and help your family survive is okay. I mean whats a little light?

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