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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

Automatic Chicken-Plucker

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.

$200.00 In Six Months From 20 Hens (Feb, 1909)

$200.00 In Six Months From 20 Hens

TO the average poultryman that would seem impossible, and when we tell you that we have actually done a 1500.00 Poultry business with 20 hens on a corner in the city garden 30 feet wide by 40 feet long we are simply stating facts.

New Electrical Apparatus Will Kill Poultry Humanely (Dec, 1936)

New Electrical Apparatus Will Kill Poultry Humanely

ALTHOUGH the first electrical apparatus for electrocuting fowl was invented more than 188 years ago by Benjamin Franklin it was not until recently that such a device was conceived for present day requirements.

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.

Merry-Go-Round House For Japanese Hens (Apr, 1960)

Merry-Go-Round House For Japanese Hens

Even the chickens are profiting from an automation boom in Japan! In operation at Okayama, a seven-story “apartment house” for chickens does everything but lay the eggs for the hens. An electric motor rotates the house, causing it to make a complete circuit every 38 minutes, stopping five minutes on each revolution to allow the birds to feed and drink from three food boxes on each story.

Legs Of Ducks Transplanted On Chickens Before Hatched (Dec, 1939)

Would this really work?

Legs Of Ducks Transplanted On Chickens Before Hatched

Legs of turkeys and ducks growing on young chickens, legs of chickens and guinea fowl on young turkeys—a grand general mix-up transplantation of drumsticks and second joints all around the poultry yard has been achieved by Dr. Herbert L. Eastlick, young University of Missouri zoologist.

These legs are all extras, too, added by tissue-grafting while the birds were still embryos in the shell, only two or three days along in their incubation. A very delicate and patient technique had to be used, chipping away enough of the eggshell to expose the embryos, clipping off the limb-beginnings of one and transposing it to another, and sealing over the hole in the shell with an artificial covering.

“Airborne” Chickens Roost in Glider Nose (Sep, 1948)

“Airborne” Chickens Roost in Glider Nose
Something their designers never anticipated was that the noses of wartime gliders make excellent chicken houses. English users have found they are dry, draftproof and that the original windows provide sufficient light. Costing only a fraction as much as conventional chicken houses, they are eight by nine feet across the base and approximately seven feet high at the center.



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Radio Set Is Mother of Chicks (Dec, 1932)

Radio Set Is Mother of Chicks

NOT to a radio expert but to a housewife, Mrs. Johannes Ronn, of Kansas City, Mo., goes the honor of putting to useful service the heat emanating from tubes in a radio set. What she did in effect was to make the set do duty as an incubator. She placed the eggs in a pasteboard box and put the box in the radio. After the proper lapse of time four little brown chicks opened their eyes to the world. The chicks will have the unprecedented honor of calling a radio set their mother.

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.