Story: Poultry industry

Processing chickens

Processing chickens

Broiler chickens are slaughtered when 34–42 days old. In 1986 these chickens were removed from their crates and hung upside down by their feet on a moving line. Their heads and necks were placed in an electrically charged water bath to stun them into unconsciousness. The line then moves them to an automatic neck cutter.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1986/4431/26
Photograph by John Nicholson

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How to cite this page:

Vanessa Wintle and Stacey Lepper, 'Poultry industry - Poultry meat farming', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 October 2021)

Story by Vanessa Wintle and Stacey Lepper, published 24 Nov 2008