How It`s Made: Chick Hatcheries

Submitted by: Batmanners 8 years ago in Science

They"re so cute! Let"s treat them like inanimate objects!
There are 106 comments:
Male 4,004
"those skinny little male egg-layers will not put on a great deal of weight"

Might want to rethink your "Male Egg Layer" theory...

I know it`s august and nobody will ever read this, but whatever.

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Male 788
hahaha they get tossed around like my wife when i get home froma night of drinking


...well i thought it was funny

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Female 1,231
What the hell happened to the male narrator with the smooth, sexy voice? This broad sounds more like an angry news reporter than a commentator on cute widdle baby chickies. >.>
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Female 1,199
Whats up with her voice? Wow... It`s so grating...
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Female 393
awww there are so many chicksss!!!! i had to raise chicks in kindergarten. and i got my name picked and got to take them home for the weekend after they had hatched:)
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Female 320
K, why they get rid of male chicks:

There are 2 kinds of chickens in the commercial industry. Egg layers and meat chickens. Meat chickens are, well, meaty while egg chickens are skinny because they have been bred to have most of their nutrients go to making eggs at the rate of 2 every three days. Meats might lay 50 a year tops, so their energy goes to meat. Now, those skinny little male egg-layers will not put on a great deal of weight and will result in lost profit, so they are killed outright or sold as "bargain chicks". They taste no different.

For the "meat is bad" debate, I think what would solve alot of problems is if people ate less in general. We can all agree most people eat WAY more than they should. Decrease meat intake, and there will be no need for factory farms, as they would become ineffective at processing only a few hundred chicks a day. Less ethical problems, less obesity, increased food for the rest of the world. Problem solved.

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Male 606
I started laughing when they put them on the conveyor that separates the chicks from the shells. It`s not outright funny, but it`s hilarious in an "OMG are you serious?" sort of way.
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Male 779
I love chickens!
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Male 9
her voice is so annoying
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Female 47
Eating meat is natural. It`s just the way we treat them. In the wild, it`s usually quick and painless.
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Male 72
this is disgusting! =(
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Male 370
jesus, that`s appalling
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Male 15
How cute! ♥
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Female 60
woah, this was on how it`s made????..... that was really scary
well, they`re gonna die anyways lol...uh... yea....sry about that if it offended anyone
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Female 5
Oh god imagine how terrifying that would be. Just being born not even a day ago and then you`re falling backwards onto a conveyer belt.

Though it was funny seeing them freak out and flap their wings. Oh and KFC here I come :)

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Male 845
PinkandGreen.

your fighting nature. just eat meat. thats what our front teeth are for. if you want animals treated better, raise them yourself in any manner you choose.

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Female 379
There are some species of birds where the chicks have to fall off a cliff when they`re still young. (I can`t remember the name, saw it on animal planet) Their down feathers are actually really protective, so the little tumbles that these chicks make aren`t really that bad.
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Female 917
Okay, I love animals and don`t think that they deserve treatment like this. I hate the fact that some animals spend their whole life being raised for slaughter, which I find horrible.

Those chicks were being tossed around like they were plastic toys, not real live chicks.

I`ve tried being a vegetarian but ended up passing out after a week. Then I found out that I have weird blood sugar and that I do need to eat meat. So I tried drinking/eating more protein foods that weren`t meat and was pale, had headaches and headrushes whenever I stood up. So, I started eating meat again and it stopped.

I always encourage people to be vegetarians because I hate the treatment of animals that we use for meat but I just can`t do it myself and I always feel really guilty when I watch videos like this

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Female 40
Holy crap, American Dad was right. There`s where I`m getting all my information from now on.
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Female 47
Poor chicks o_o
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Male 47
*life
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Male 47
lol thats what i want to happen to me in my first hours of birth
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Female 198
this is so mean!
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Male 404
Humans have SO many alternatives nowadays and I think we have evolved to the point where we don`t need to rely on other animals for clothing, meat, eggs, milk, etc. Seriously, what gives humans the right have control of all these animals are use them for meat, eggs, milk, clothes, and pretty much ANYTHING they want?
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Male 109
That was funny. It really doesn`t seem to bother the chicks tho. They like it, actually. Being tossed around and dropped through belts. You can see it in their faces "Weeehoo!"
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Female 132
thats cruel how they treat those chicks. It makes me sick. especially when they`re sorting male from female and they pick them up by the wings and throw them down the shoot! that could kill them!
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Female 175
sucks to be a freakin chicken nowadays. i`d rather just get killed by the belt!
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Female 1,306
does the newer announcer annoy the sh*t out of anyone?

theyre so cute! too bad theyre pretty much mass-produced now.

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Male 301
agreed with tika12001, the original narrator is alot less annoying, sorry if that makes me sound sexist
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Male 4
cockerel = male chick

I am tiring of hearing people say that it is inhumane. Anyone that spends more time than just watching this video and taking it all as gospel is not getting the whole picture of what is happening.

It is a critical aspect of production that the chicks survive and are happy and healthy to the customer. If the process is damaging the chicks in anyway the customers get very angry.

If you still think it is inhumane then what would you suggest would be a better way to perform it?

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Female 4,225
I saw this!
I felt sorry to the little chicks

As much as I’d love to give up meat…it wouldn’t be long until I was back in the habit again.

Opie, me too. The correct word is roosterle-no it’s, GAH! I forget.

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Male 144
I`m so sick of people saying "we need to eat chickens, that`s just the way we were made."
Actually, humans CAN live off of a vegetarian diet alone. If everyone was a vegetarian, there would be more than enough food to go around the entire World.
Plus, no matter how you slice it, a vegetarian diet is extremely more humane and uses almost twice as less land than a omnivore diet does.
America just needs to start taking steps.
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Male 503
at 3:10 if you look at the conveyer belt on the right you can see 2 chicks get pulled under with the eggshells.

anyone else think this is animal abuse? these chicks are being tossed around like there nothing...

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Female 324
That narrator`s voice bored holes in my skull. I managed 28 seconds before I had to turn it off.
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Male 1,556
And by the way, being a vegetarian is just killing yourself slowly like a f*cking dumbass.

Like I`ve said before, animals are here to be consumed, being eaten is a natural part of some animals lives, and you know what, I bet alot of deer can accept the fact that they are going to get separated from their mom and get killed by a wolf. Have ever seen a young fawn get caught by a wolf? I have, they sit down and the wolf looks around then bites the damn things neck. Humans have just as much right to eat deer, cows, turkey, chickens ect. as any wolf, cyote or cougar.

Regardless of how "inhumane" we treat them, their meant to be eaten and their gonna be f*cking eaten you damn hippy.

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Male 1,085
I wish I could buy a tray of those chicks...they`re so cute, and can act as an army of peckers...

ay oh!

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Male 976
On another note... was I the only one who found the narrator`s voice unbearably annoying? We need the first guy back.
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Male 410
While I understand the necessity for such and industry, watching the sheer precision of it all was a little horrifying. I eat chicken so I`m not going to blast these people far how they produce the poultry demand.
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Male 10,440
Actually, just read what scorrico wrote there...
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Male 1,556
Really, it wasn`t that bad. I`m sure the chicks are fine.

If I were a chick, that would be f*cking fun.
People seem to forget that animals have fun too, they probably enjoy most of the process.

I know I would.....

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Male 10,440
For any of you crazy fools who are STILL complaining about `bad conditions`, these chicks have it pretty sweet actually. They`re always in the right temperature, they`re well fed, protected against disease. You don`t get that in the wild...
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Male 4
pt 3

Technology is nearly at a stage where the machines used to scan the birds for clears can determine the sex of the chick. Males are usually not required in the layer industry. Once this technology is perfected the eggs can be cooled so the embryo at that stage goes into hibernation. The industry does work with animal rights groups to constructively work forward with reforms for chick health during processing. There has been improvements made carbon dioxide method is being phased out due to its inefficiencies. Drowning is never used maceration is popular because it is instant in not prolonging this phase

I actually like the video and that people put some time into making it as there is a lot of misinformation out there about how chicks and chicken farming is conducted nowadays

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Male 4
pt2

The chicks are extremely durable even for day one of their life outside the egg far more than a dog or a cat or even human. They can walk and flap and chirp around and are stimulated by light and will act on instinct to search for food and water. It’s the pipping phase (when they are coming out of the egg) that really starts their strength building. They can live on air alone up to 84 hours from leaving the egg as they live off their yolk sac. Fear not people these little chicks are never injured as part of this automated process. If you are worried about personally how you feel the chicks were processed organic chicken is usually processed by hand due to the numbers.

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Male 4
Ok guys just take a bit of a step back for a second. I actually work in the industry and to give you a little bit extra not mentioned in the video.

Hatcheries by design are module. What was shown is standard for most US processing plants. This is not representative however of the broader industry practice of chick hatching. It is a given that the incubation process is standard worldwide. However once the chick reaches the 18 day phase of their 21 day incubation cycle things vary. It is a question of volume of output with higher output there is more automation with lower output more commonly found in organic production there is less automation. You’ll find that many hatcheries around the world are not automated like the one shown in the video and the processing is done by hand. The operators know that care must be taken with the chicks.

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Female 161
omg that was horrible.
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Male 1,590
"but if your going to kill something can you do it in a loving way"

Explain how you kill something `in a loving way`, because I would really like to know.

And for all of you who don`t eat meat, I think I speak for the rest of us when I say, "Good, leaves more for me!"

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Male 777
Chickens are pretty stupid, really. The only animal that I feel we should be worrying about at all is pigs, since they are supposed to be as smart as dogs.
I giggled at the chick/egg sorter.
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Female 15,763
I want to try rooster now.

o-o;

The um... the male chicken.... not the word filter.

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Male 4,290
Is it bad that I started laughing at the eggshell sieve?


I don`t see what the problem is. The chicks are obviously fine afterwards. Maybe they could put a bit of padding in the gender separating part, but apart from that I`m fine with it.

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Female 125
Some of the chicks don`t actually seperate away from the eggs like their supposed to and end up being ground up with the eggs that go to the "rendering" plant.
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Male 430
I have mixed feelings about this video... one part of me is sad for the chicks, and the other part of me is salivating profusely.
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Male 147
I feel perfectly fine eating anything that`s too stupid to understand whats coming. That includes plants, chickens, pigs and cows.
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Male 468
that is why chickens are so mean and always attacked me when i was little at petting zoos :-(
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Male 1,086
Senseless cruelty I could understand would be a no-no but what if supposedly EVERTHING feels pain? Wth else are we supposed to eat?
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Female 126
This is horrible how these animals are treated. I`m not saying that it isn`t ok to eat meat, it`s just that we should treat the animals in a humane way before we eat them. This shouldn`t be like this.
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Male 153
I like the water fall and rivers of chicks. If I worked there I`d get fired for making a paper boat and putting it on them. It would be worth it.
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Male 4,807
Just a thought..... everyone saying this is bad or sad,etc...have you ever ate chicken in you lives? Will this make you stop? This is the sad REALITY of the food production service.Mass production bring the cost down, at the comsumer level.
If you have eaten chicken ,then this is how your meal started out. You would`nt want to see what happens at the end of their lives.. Trust me cause I have.
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Female 182
Lorah, plants can feel things too.
"DALLAS--Research scientists at Baylor Medical Center have proven that plants, including vegetables, feel pain when subjected to trauma such as being yanked out of the ground, peeled, cooked, and eaten. "Veggies and plants initiate a massive hormone and chemical barrage internally when they suffer any kind of injury," says professor Barry Lindzer. "This response is akin to the nerve response and endorphin release when an animal is injured. We cannot ignore the similarities." "
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Male 928
The cuteness of an animal does not affect the ethics of mistreating it.
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Male 886
I had never heard the female voice before, but she is just as bad as the male voice, the reason I can`t stand this show is because of the narrators
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Female 4,028
What a terrifying first day to the world...
Yeah, just throw `em on in there, that`s the spirit!
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Male 4,680
4:17 CHICK CANNON! PEW PEW PEW

On topic, I honestly couldn`t work there. I`d just explode the second the chicks started rolling down the conveyor belt. My intestines would form a "^_^" on the wall.

Also in about 40 years humans will probably be made this way as well.

"Okay am I the only one that laughed out loud every time the chicks were being thrown around in the different machines and belts? "
No you`re not, I laughed so hard throughout the whole video.

There are so many things to say about this video...

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Female 400
Lorah, you make me want to shoot myself in the face a little bit.
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Male 100
processed life, this is disgusting
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Male 64
This isn`t nearly as bad as people think it is. It`s designed to be as efficient as possible without being harmful to the chickens. The only part that can be dangerous is the vaccine that involves cracking the egg since any sort of egg crack can potentially kill the chicken. These vaccines are slowly becoming unnecessary though. Genetics have determined the allele linked to resistance to Marek`s disease in chickens.
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Male 987
"No point in getting all attached to your lunch, and technically it`s not much harsher than nature herself dishes out. "
actually were usually better than nature on animals lol
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Male 516
OOOOO THEY`RE SO CUTE!!

I want like 300 in my house.

And then when they get older I`ll sell them and replace them with another 300 =DDDD

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Female 78
That`s horrible.
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Male 1,204
awww so cute

time to domesticate all teh animals!

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RPossum
to your we all need to eat theory
we can live on veggies and fruit just fine without eating anamials"

not really, omega fatty acids are important, and that`s something that`s rarely found outside of fish, although some nuts do contain them. But that would only drive prices insane. Besides, i doubt countless people could live fine without animals, you seem to think the world has the money to completely redo all its agriculture.

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Male 502
Meh, so that is where Chicken McNuggets come from?
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Male 54
OM NOM NOM NOM NOM
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Male 72
I know it sad to say but that how most animals are processed. despite rising reports of cows and other animals having emotion (and some suggest feelings which is something that has been seen in the wild)
you cant stop a industry supported by trillions of customers worldwide =\

its just how the world works... as depressing as that sounds

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Male 2,395
They could`ve died before even getting out of there. >_>
But they`re still cute.
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Female 1,784
RPossum
to your we all need to eat theory
we can live on veggies and fruit just fine without eating anamials
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Female 1,784
sickening**
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Female 1,784
seriously sicken
true people eat meat, but if your going to kill something can you do it in a loving way, Why should anything die, human or not with such crulness? theres a better wat of doing things. Anamils feel you know :S
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Female 340
Oh dear... Looks like people just need to face facts: The meat industry isn`t all rainbows and flowers! Honestly, I would rather know exactly what happens to the meat I eat, whether it`s chicken, beef, pork or fish. This H.I.M. episode just gave me a good inside look at how hatcheries work.

Doesn`t make me want to join PETA or go steal them to set them "free" (which would only kill them in the end anyway), but rather helps me understand this part of the poultry industry a little better.

By the way, Roxy, I don`t know who told you that about the eggs we eat, but we do NOT eat fertilized eggs. It would not be a viable form of food, to be honest. The eggs we get in the supermarket remain unfertilized, due to the fact that the (food) egg-laying hens are separated from the roosters, which makes fertilization impossible in the whole process.

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Female 346
That was terrible!!! The poor baby chicks. ;_;
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Male 357
I could never work there. I would constantly be munching down on those little suckers. So tasty when they are fresh.
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Male 1,894
Now that looks like a fun way to spend your first day of life out of the egg.
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Male 1,122
As horrible as this is it`s necessary to feed us all. Thats the ture horrifying truth, we need to eat and we are damn efficient at making new food. No point in getting all attached to your lunch, and technically it`s not much harsher than nature herself dishes out.
P.S. I know every animal is concious, has feelings, and is as self aware as we are. I believe in animal rights, but ultimately we still have to eat, and if we all only ate veggies we would run out in a hurry.
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Male 12,138
vv "Does rooster really taste that different than hen?"

I`m going to ask the question we`re all wondering. Did you REALLY write rooster, or did the old word filter kick in there?

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Male 315
I am so glad I`m a vegan.
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Male 156
I lol`d at "Slaughter" Weight.
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Female 652
actually, the fertilized eggs are also the ones we eat.

that was actually really, really mean. tossed around like worthless crap. excuse me while I go rescue some chicks.

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Female 400
Okay am I the only one that laughed out loud every time the chicks were being thrown around in the different machines and belts?

They`re fine though and they`re not getting hurt just pushed around. I have baby chickies, well now they`re chickens, and they came from a place like this and they were fine when I got them.

I love chickies for pets and for food, yum, except they can`t be pets then turned to food.

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Female 331
Aw....look at them chucking the chickies. drat them!
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Male 26
mmm.. chicken tenders... makes me hungry.
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Male 1,399
If you hate the meat industry, STOP EATING MEAT.

Otherwise, people need to realize that we don`t all live on farms anymore, and somebody has to do the dirty work.

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Female 432
OMG I feel so bad for the chicks
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Male 2,388
I allways new but... we have an assembly line for life.
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Male 364
That was really sad to watch, especially when they were sexing the chicks and just chucking them down chutes like they were broken toys. :/
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Female 9
What they didn`t say in that clip is that 75% of the male chicks get sent to that rendering plant along the the shells and unfertilized eggs. What a wasted. Does rooster really taste that different than hen?
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Female 1,470
Man i feel bad for the chicks, everything is just throwing them around.
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Male 190
this more than anything i`ve ever seen makes me want to become a vegetarian :|
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Male 576
This is why I am a vegetarian. Everything is entitled to a natural life.

The greatness of a nation and it`s moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
-Mahatma Gandhi

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Female 1,653
Thanks for posting this.
If it doesnt say organic or free range on your food, this is where it coes from.
I hate the food industry >:(
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Female 5,139
How could someone just throw them around like that.. urgh... this is so sad :(
i just wanna steal them all and set them free in a giant field full of endless supplies of food and shelter somewhere xD
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Male 42
"How It`s Made: Babies" may be viewed on any porn site. just go and see for yourself. its quite informative!
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Male 284
I So Badly Wanna See An Episode Of This Called "How It`s Made: Babies".
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Male 247
Welcome to the world! Now you will live a miserable existence, then we will eat you. Yummo.
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Male 148
lol they all took the red pill
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Male 4,807
Thats the reality of the food industry.
Think of that next time your enjoying a chicken nugget.
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Male 553
if i worked there i would keep chucking them in my pocket :-)
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Male 68
i seen this on tv.. kinda sad
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Male 4,004
Link: How It`s Made: Chick Hatcheries [Rate Link] - They`re so cute! Let`s treat them like inanimate objects!
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