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Classical music boosts egg yield on Israeli cooperative farm

September 22, 1997

JERUSALEM (AP) _ An Israeli couple says their hens have been laying more eggs since they started playing them classical music.

Esther and Yossi Dvir from the cooperative farm village of Kfar Hess say the egg yield has shot up 6 percent since they installed loudspeakers in the hen run last week. Their 7,000 birds are now listening to Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven and Vivaldi.

The Dvirs are organic farmers who are opposed to more restrictive ways of breeding hens.

``It’s like a five-star hotel here,″ Mrs. Dvir told Israel radio Monday. ``The birds run free. They can eat worms and we give them organic feed with natural ingredients only.″

Mrs. Dvir said a psychologist suggested she try music after other attempts to make the hens happier, such as giving them toys, had failed.

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