Monday, May 07, 2007

How it's made: Hatchery Chicks

Not as nice as the scene from Baraka, but more educational.
Poor chicks..

6 comments:

Annom said...

I can't really pin down why, but I find these images very(really VERY) intriguing.

Rens said...

I wonder what happens to the extra males. and now, it's blender time.

ExpendableAsset said...

Seems that - even though technology has obviously taken over most tasks - there's still a lot of room for human error.

cybrbeast said...

Rens, apparently:
http://www.upc-online.org/chickens/chickensbro.html
What happens to the 250 million male chicks born to the U.S. egg industry each year?

Along with defective and slow-hatching female chicks, they are trashed as soon as they hatch. Upon breaking out of their shells, instead of being sheltered by a mother’s wings, the newborns are ground up alive or thrown into trashcans where they slowly suffocate on top of one another, peeping to death while a human foot stomps them down to make more room for more chicks.

Why is the male chick treated this way?

The male chicken of the egg industry cannot lay eggs, and he has not been genetically manipulated for profitable meat production, so the industry has no use for him. Destruction of unwanted male chicks is a worldwide practice.
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Throwing them in the blender is harsh but okay because it's fast, but letting them suffocate, that's really mean.

ExpendableAsset said...

Their bad for being a chick.

Next!

a pimp named slick said...

fascinating!
why don't they develop a chick who has great egg production AND profitable meat production?

This way they can save a lot of money and some male chicks.