Hens respond to classics

A Gloucester farmer is helping his hens lay more eggs – by playing them classical music.

Charles Bourns, the National Farmers Union’s poultry board chairman, says he saw a huge rise in production.

He plays classical music 24 hours a day to his birds and as well as increasing productivity he believes it helps the birds’ growth rate.

“I have tried pop music, but it is too changeable, with lots of talking – the birds prefer Classic FM, much to my children’s disgust,” he told Farmer’s Weekly magazine.

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