Yissum - Research Development Company of the Hebrew University

Non-Invasive Method for Identifying Gender and Fertility of Eggs Before Hatching

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Summary of the technology

A system that can sort avian eggs by detecting pre-incubation fertility and pre-hatching sexing in a non-invasive procedure
Project ID : 8-2009-2198

Description of the technology

Detects the fertility levels in newly-laid eggs and the gender of the embryo


Agriculture, Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine,
Animal Breeding/Genetics

Development Stage

Proof of concept; preliminary studies with excellent results

Patent Status

U.S. patent application filed

Market Size

The number of "laying hens" in the world was estimated at 5690 million in 2006, producing just over 66 million metric tons of eggs. Global egg production has been exploding in recent decades, tripling its numbers since 1970.


  • The ability to determine the fertility level of a chicken egg and its gender significantly reduces costs of egg production.
  • Currently, we are unable to determine the fertility of newly laid eggs – the 10%-40 % of eggs that are infertile are hatched for 10 days until identified by candling – using space and energy, costly manpower.
  • No current method exists to determine gender during hatching; it is only possible in 12-day old chicks – nearly half of all chicks hatched for the layer industry hatch as males and need to be culled, creating ethical issues.
  • Our technology enables fertility determination of a freshly-laid egg (day zero) with 85% accuracy; determination of fertility on days 1 and 2 with 90% accuracy

Our Innovation

Hyperspectral analysis of optical spectrum of avian egg for non-invasive determination of egg fertility and gender.

Key Features

  • Spectra include a wider range of wavelengths making this method significantly more sensitive
  • Enables both detection of fertility earlier than day 2 and detection of the gender of the chick within the egg

Development Milestones

Seeking funds for large-scale trials for several thousand different kinds of eggs

The Opportunity

  • Can be used for layers, broilers, and turkey eggs
  • Can be used for non-invasive gender determination of hatched birds such as parrots

Project manager

Ilya Pittel

Project researchers

Israel Rozenboim
HUJI, Faculty of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Quality Sciences
Animal Sciences

Eyal Ben Dor

Related keywords

  • Agro chemicals
  • Agriculture
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Agricultural genetic engineering applications
  • Animal health
  • Agricultural chemicals
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Animal Husbandry and Related Products
  • Veterinary & Animal Sciences
  • devices

About Yissum - Research Development Company of the Hebrew University

Technology Transfer Office from Israel

Yissum Research Development Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Ltd. Founded in 1964 to protect and commercialize the Hebrew University’s intellectual property. Ranked among the top technology transfer companies, Yissum has registered over 8,900 patents covering 2,500 inventions; has licensed out 800 technologies and has spun-off 90 companies. Products that are based on Hebrew University technologies and were commercialized by Yissum generate today over $2 Billion in annual sales.

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