Most of the chicks emerge from their shells in huge industrial incubators. In the incubators, the just-hatched chicks are mechanically separated from their shells and propelled down the line to be separated by sex.
Weak or sick chicks, in just a few hours behind in hatching, are thrown in trash bins.
Female chicks are separated from the males, mechanically shot and put into containers to be shipped to factory farms where they will be egg laying machines.
Males of the “broiler” variety after shooting full of vaccines are sent down chutes that deposit them into cramped transport bins and trucked to factory farms.
In this video is explained that if humans were fattened at the same rate, a human baby would weigh 600 pounds in just two months:
Raising such fat birds in such a short period of time has overtaken the ability of a chicken’s legs to develop enough to support the weight. This way of feeding them can throw away them before they are sent to an even more inhumane death at the slaughterhouse.
Here are various unemotional names in the poultry industry for the newborns that will never have a chance to live beyond their first few hours of life, such as:
“Surplus neonatal chicks,”
Animal Equality stays that all egg production involves the death of male chicks. It is shocking to know that male chicks from egg laying breeds are culled from the females and killed (thrown into giant grinders or gassed with carbon dioxide).
“Maceration” is a name of this grinding process. The grinders used for this process should have rotating blades or projections to cause immediate death.
Another group dedicated to exposing the cruelty in the factory farming industry, Mercy for Animals investigated and documented these at Hy-Line Hatcheries in Iowa (the world’s largest hatcheries for egg-laying chicks).
Many institutions in this area accepted this method of killing, such as Agriculture Canada, Federation of Animal Science Societies, European Union, World Organization for Animal Health and others.
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The chicken industry had applied many favored means to destroy male chicks on a massive scale at hatcheries before the grinders were developed.
According to the researcher from the University of Vienna euthanasia methods for day-old chicks must also be economical, without interfering the use of the carcasses for animal food or fertilizer.
He recommends using a “simple gas chamber” that had the capability, at minimal cost to euthanize approximately 8,000 chicks within 2-3 hours.
The United Egg Producers (95% of the egg producers in the U.S.) have pledged to end the practicing of using the giant grinding machines, they are planning to develop embryo-sexing technology that will identify male eggs before hatching.
However, it is a fact that about 700,000 male chicks are tossed daily, into the giant grinders or gassed.
By choosing chicken meat, it is recommended to opt for locally produced foods, so you can be able to know the originating of these chicks.
- Animal Equality. Collaborate.
- American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Guidelines on Euthanasia. June 2007.
- Federation of Animal Science Societies. Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Agricultural Research and Teaching. 3rd ed. Savoy, Ill: Federation of Animal Science Societies, 2010, p. 121.
- Agriculture Canada. Recommended Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Poultry from Hatchery to Processing Plant. Publication 1757/E. 1989. Ottawa: Agriculture Canada, 1989, pp. 5-6.