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posted by Scarlet, 24 November 2008, 8:01pm

Chicken factory of Doom

posted by Scarlet, 28 October 2006, 4:15pm

Okay, let's hope this works...click here to see photos of the chicken factory!

The chickens that you can see in the truck right at the end of the Scrapblog actually look like broiler chickens, and not battery hens. They are far too fat to be battery hens; and also their combs are too small. They only look young as well, and broiler chickens are killed when they are just 6-7 weeks old. Their eyes are still blue and they still "cheep." Basically, they are still chicks in an adult's body. They grow so fast because growth hormones are injected into their diet.

You canread more about broiler hens here:

"Eva's" Chicken Factory
Scroll down to read about how the chickens are killed...

Truck loads of battery hens are driven to the factory every day. For all of them it will be their first time outside, and they are in dreadful condition--some will already be dead, and those are the lucky ones. Others will be so scrawny and ill they will be bleeding and almost totally bald. Many have their necks or feet sticking out of the lorry, trapped, and will remain like that until they are taken inside to have their throats cut.

The lorrys carrying the hens park up, and people carry crates full of chickens round to the back of the factory and stack them one on top of the other. The crates are about the size if a milk crate, and 6+ birds are crammed into one crate. The chickens are squawking and trying to move or flap, terrified, confused and dying...they are left in the crates for anything up to an hour.

The birds are left outside, stacked up in their confined crates, in all weather conditions. Many more chickens die waiting outside. When the factory is ready for them, catchers come and snatch the chickens, fistfulls at a time, and take them into the building...to find out what happens next, simply read the post below.

Will update with pics later, possibly not tonight.

The Journey To Death
Posted by Scarlet

People known as 'catchers' grab the birds from the cages and carry as many as four birds at a time (snatching them by their legs, possible braking the hens bones and holding them upside down) and take the birds to their transportation. They are crammed into crates (much like milk crates) and as many birds as possible are crushed into one. They remain in the crates all the way to the slaughterhouse; it is their first time outside. On long journeys they can freeze or die from the heat, depending on the weather. They have no food, no water.

Truck Transportation
This is the condition of transport at the chicken factory near us (the one Eva was rescued from). Here the birds are squashed into crates. Their feet, legs, heads and wings can often be seen caught in the small gaps in the crates. They are all making noises, ranging from gentle, confused clucks to scared squawks. A study found that at the time of catching the hens and transportation, the level of stress hormone corticosterone in battery hens was ten times higher than normal. Many of them are in a worse condition than Eva, some completely bald. She was lucky in that aspect.

The Unloading Process
I have witnessed this myself, and it is not a pretty sight. The workers grab as many chickens as they can, handfuls. The birds flap and squawk and, often, some escape. This happens once every few weeks, maybe more. Sometimes the birds are allowed to escape, most times they chase after the bird with a bag, and when they realise they canít catch it I've seen them kick the bird.

The Death Process
The hens are shackled, upside down, which is incredibly painful for the hens. They travel for up to three minutes like this before having their heads dipped through an electrified water bath meant to stun them. Many birds escape the stun bath by simply raising their necks, and these go on to have their throats cut fully conscious. Often, this can go wrong, and some birds even enter the scalding tank still alive and even conscious. Their tough meat is used in dog food, paste and soup. Yes, you may have eaten it yourself - yum.