WTF of the Day: Eggs Raised with a Soundtrack

Foodies of every stripe understand the differences between all kinds of eggs — organic vs. free-range vs. cage-free vs. humane. But here’s one they probably haven’t covered yet: music eggs. At the mellifluously named Ching Hing Musical Farm in Hong Kong, farmer Fong Chi-hung plays his chicks “age-appropriate” music, progressing from “soft love songs” for the first two weeks to “faster-paced disco” in the final half of their first month. According to the Wall Street Journal, by the time they start laying eggs at 20 weeks, stereo systems in their coops play a variety of music at “club-like volume levels, so it’s hard to hold a conversation.”

Now, there is a method to this madness: When chickens can focus on a steady rhythm instead of stray, ambient noise, they’re “less stressed” and produce better eggs. As a result, Fong’s ova have bigger, darker yolks. But the difference will cost you — about nine times as much as your standard egg. [Photo credit: Amy Ma/WSJ. Via The Daily Swarm]