Their number and location are a matter of national security. Their purpose is to make vaccines. These are America’s hidden chickens.
Across the United States, there are potentially millions of chickens laying eggs every day, year-round, for flu vaccines. According to CNN, during the most recent flu season alone (to the end of February), 140 million eggs could have been used for vaccines. And hens only lay a single egg each day.
The cost of the chickens isn’t public, but one three-year contract between the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and a private company for year-long egg supplies cost $42 million, and CNN reported the HHS has a number of contracts meaning the actual cost could be worth tens of millions of dollars.
Rick Bright, director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority in Washington told NPR’s Planet Money, after the avian flu scare in 2001, to make sure the country was ready for a pandemic, the US government secured a: “large number of chicken flocks.” . . .
When he was asked where they were, he said: “A lot of farms that we have [are] in undisclosed places. As you can imagine, it’s our national security.” (Read more from “The U.S. Government Has Possibly Millions of Chickens in Secret Locations Laying Eggs Year Round for Flu Vaccines. the Exact Number and Location Are a Matter of National Security. Here’s What We Know About the Chickens.” HERE)