Automatic Chicken-Plucker (Aug, 1929)
If you want to see a rather disturbing, yet captivating, video that shows how insanely scaled up modern food-animal production has become, watch this clip from the movie Samsara. If you’d like a video with a more vintage feel, check out the amazing “This is Hormel” from the always awesome Prelinger Archives at Archive.org.
Application of the principle of the vacuum sweeper lias been applied to this device shown below so that it automatically plucks fowl in a few minutes time. The bird is held against a rotary “grill”, enclosed in a cylinder, through which suction passes as in a sweeper. As the feathers are separated by the air current, they come in contact with a metal plate, equipped with several catchers which pluck the feathers and fine down when rotating.
Will the Egg Grow Up to Be a Hen or a Rooster? (Mar, 1922)
And if the chick is a hermaphrodite it turns into a perpetual motion machine!
Will the Egg Grow Up to Be a Hen or a Rooster?
WHETHER an egg is a potential rooster or an embryonic hen can be determined, it is claimed, by a “sexometer” which may prove to be of value in the poultry industry, for when the sex of eggs can be told, it will be possible to send most of the rooster eggs to market and retain the hen eggs for the upbuilding of the home flock.
His Business is Laying An Egg (Mar, 1952)
I think that an “Eggs Laid While You Wait” place would make a killing in Brooklyn today.
His Business is Laying An Egg
Everybody knows a tree grows in Brooklyn, but it took Murray Weiss’ egg farm to prove that hens could thrive there, too.
By H. W. Kellick
THERE’S a chicken ranch deep in the heart of Brooklyn where hens lay eggs while you wait.
More than 3,500 white leghorns working on the fowl line in this indoor farm deliver about 130 dozen eggs daily. And they are sold direct to the consumer.
The indoor farm, known as the Weiss-Way Egg Farm, is an idea developed by Murray Weiss. A former farmer and graduate in husbandry of the New Jersey State Agricultural School, Weiss conducts his business on a purely scientific system.