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Chicken Harvester
An Irish company unveiled a new "chicken harvester" at the Royal Show in England. The machine, which is winning awards from animal welfare groups because it's gentler on birds, uses a giant, rubber-coated paddle to pull birds onto an inclined conveyor which feeds them into transport crates.
The company says that catching chickens by hand is expensive both because of the labor involved and the damage done to birds. The new $100,000 machine is so gentle the company says it lessens damage 40% and will pay for itself in reduced damage to birds alone.
The entrapment paddle, with its rubber paddles, rotates slowly, prodding birds onto the conveyor which is fitted with perches. When the chickens arrive at the top they step onto another conveyor wich feeds them to a weighing conveyor. When a predetermined number of chickens have stepped onto the weighing conveyor it starts to feed the chickens to one of four stacking conveyors.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Tamdev, Ltd., Moss Lane, Dromore, Co. Down BT25 1AX Northern Ireland (ph 0846 692358)

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