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To our knowledge, it is the most humane way to produce polyclonal antibodies. There is no need to bleed the chicken. Simply collect the eggs. Our hens are kept in flocks of six in coops that have outside runs. Our unique egg identification system allows our chickens to live freely.
A single chicken can produce an enormous amount of antibody, up to 3 grams of IgY per month, which is 10-20 times the amount of a rabbit. Furthermore, compared to rabbits, chickens produce antibody much quicker—high-titre antibody is available from eggs as early as day 25. Our custom IgY production services will deliver 0.5 gram of purified IgY to you within 50-60 days.
Fc region of chicken IgY is sufficiently different from mammalian IgG:
By having the immunoglobulin Y (IgY) packaged conveniently in eggs, one can collect and store eggs over a long period of time and retroactively purify the IgY from the eggs of desired titre/avidity.
It is cheaper to feed and house chickens than rabbits.
IgY is a stable antibody sharing the following characteristics with mammalian IgG:
May be enzyme-labeled, biotinylated and gold–labeled by standard procedures
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