It’s unfortunate that the fate of male chicks in the egg industry has long been controversial. In general, male chicks are labelled as a rejected outcome of egg production and are killed very shortly after birth. Reason? Male chicks cannot lay eggs and are not fit for chicken-meat production.
Notably, these chicks are layer hens, hence it is a different breed of chicken from the one that is bred and raised for meat production. To make it simple, Layer hens are used for producing eggs whereas meat chickens are bred for meat with large breast and legs.