Hi-fi stereo systems installed in the different corners of the coop are turned on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. — at club-like volume levels, so it’s hard to hold a conversation — with a break in between designated as nap time for the birds.
Mr. Fong’s strategy is simple: Chickens are less stressed when there is a constant rhythm and melody drowning out other noise, especially during feeding time when workers enter the room; happier chickens eat more and make higher-quality eggs. He started his farm in 2003 and started applying his “music technique” in 2006. Since then, he reports that the mortality rate of his chickens has dropped by half.
That can only mean one thing… Chefs who love music cook better food, right?