What's the secret behind the green eggs in Malappuram?
Malappuram: The news of hens laying green eggs at the house of Othukkungal Ambalavan native Shihabudheen had surprised Keralites a lot a few weeks ago. Mathrubhumi had published the news of the green eggs laid by hens at Othukkungal. Now the scientists at the Veterinary University have dug out the secret behind the green egg.
After noticing the news of green egg yolk, a team of researchers including Dr S Harikrishnan, Dr Binoj Chacko and Dr Sankara Lingam arrived at the place for tests as directed by Veterinary University vice chancellor M R Saseendranath. As per primary assumptions, the green yolk is the result of some substance in the food given to the fowls.
The team searched the place and then took some samples of the egg to the Centre for Advanced Studies in Poultry Science in Mannuthy. The officials asked Shihabudheen to put the hens in separate cage and supplied balance diet including corn and soybean. Othukkungal veterinary officer Dr Maya Thampi was instructed to observe the changes in hens every week.
There was no change in the colour of eggs even in last week. Following this, Shihabudheen handed over two hens to the university last Monday for further studies. The study was progressing under the leadership of Dr P Anitha, the director of the Centre for Advanced Studies in Poultry Science.
Meanwhile, the egg yolk started changing colour after the hens were fed with the food given by the university research team. Shihabudheen informed this to the authorities. After checking the eggs laid by the hens kept at the university, they confirmed the colour change.
Dr S Harikrishnan said that studies conducted in 1935 have already proved that changes in feed and mixing artificial colours in food can cause colour change of egg yolks. However, the university could find out that this phenomenon is not any genetic change, he added.