Posted: 1 week, 4 days ago
Location: Working remotely (preferable time zones are UTC−05:00 through UTC+01:00
Hours: In consultation (roughly 10 hours a week)
Duration: Minimum of 3 month, no maximum
Start-date: As soon as possible, preferably mid-October.
Note: Healthier Hens is currently a remote team working in timezones between PST, BST, EAT, CET and CEET.
We started Healthier Hens because we believe that given the scale of suffering of egg-laying hens, there is still a lot of room for improving their welfare. Unfortunately, egg-laying hen diets today often do not contain nutrient levels optimal for the birds’ health and well-being, especially, as we found, in Kenya - our country of pilot operations. Hens experience an increase in bone related health issues because feeds are formulated to maximize egg-laying productivity. Keel bone fractures (KBFs) are a major cause of acute and chronic pain for egg-laying hens across all housing systems and can affect >90% of birds on commercial farms. These fractures often take up to 6 to 8 weeks or even longer to heal. Since they remain untreated, hens can fall into depression-like mental states, and can experience other welfare issues such as bumblefoot or poor feather coverage. To solve this unnoticed and neglected issue of poor hen welfare from osteoporosis and bone fractures, we are looking for a way to ensure that hens kept commercially, cage-free are given optimal levels of calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D3 - nutrients key for bone development and health.
Our current goals are to strengthen our research to test the direct link between feed fortification and hen welfare, and promote farmers' and government awareness on KBFs and associated hen welfare outcomes. To achieve this, we will conduct a baseline study on KBF prevalence in Kenya, and measure the direct efficacy of dietary interventions on KBFs via pilot trials. We intend to deploy our feed fortification intervention through two main phases: producer buy-in and government buy-in. Our research efforts (pilots and trials) will aid both phases as a means to show that hen welfare can in fact be improved via dietary interventions. Our first phase will see us providing such real, geographically-relevant data to farmers and millers, so we may collaborate to improve feed. Once enough farmers and millers switch to fortified feeds, we can make a case to the government and other animal NGOs to help us scale our efforts via policy changes and feed fortification asks.
Adding to our ongoing literature review, exploring promising novel avenues.
Researching industrial stakeholders, regulatory information, searching for contacts
Assisting with report-writing and data presentatio
Attending meetings (stakeholder and internal) to take notes, add input, actively collaborate with cofounders.
How will your work have an impact?
Your work will improve the quality of Healthier Hens’ research efforts, increase the feasibility of Healthier Hens pilot program and early field work
Healthier Hens have the potential to achieve unprecedented impact via a cost-effective intervention focused on feed fortification and you are able to make that possible
As a young and growing organisation, at Healthier Hens you will have the opportunity to shape how we work and our agenda. We welcome innovative and strategic thinking about our goals and plans; your opportunity for impact will extend beyond the direct work that you will do.
What we need from you
Intelligent and quick learner
Attentive to details
Systematic approach when doing research
Excellent written communication skills
Basic understanding of effective altruism
Able to put in a minimum of 10 hours a wee
Able to start ASAP (October / beginning of November)
Passion for effective altruism and Healthier Hens' mission
What we want but not necessary for the role
Animal/hen welfare knowledge
Animal/hen nutrition knowledge
What we offer
A job aiming for high impact, working on an idea that addresses a wide-spread animal welfare issue
Varied day-to-day tasks
Attentive supervision with clear and honest feedback
Experience working at a dynamic early-stage organization
Potential for advancement in responsibility as the organization grows
A flexible work schedule
Financial/Mentorship support for EA conference and other events
Opportunities for professional skill development workshops and team building events
Apply here: https://forms.gle/X8TuTZffwt1WXkA6A
- Requestor: Isaac Esparza
- Due in: 1 month, 4 days
- Organization: Healthier Hens
- Compensation: Volunteer role