I care about animal welfare, and therefore freely share the following, with anybody…
Today’s chicken farming is obviously cruel; partly because it involves confining naturally sociable, birds, in appalling
physical conditions; and with almost no mental stimulation (apart from say the constant bullying-peaking of other stressed birds!!!).
In “the battery farm of the future” chicken will be transformed into an egg laying, “meat melon”. They will have no
consciousness (shortly after hatching), no pain receptive ability, and no movement (other than that which is stimulated through small, electric
shocks, applied in order to stimulate exercise & improve meat muscle, taste).
Consequently: Battery farming would not only be less cruel, it would also require (as an educated guess) about 20-40% less food. This means even those
countries with no prospect of ever (legally) introducing animal welfare, are still likely (in time) to adopt my methods.
A Quick Guide to Improve Battery Farming…
1. Remove Chicken Consciousness:
Battery chickens spend a lot of time suffering in “sadistically” small spaces. Unlike wild animals that
have countless daily considerations, they have no need for consciousness other than to direct food into their beaks.
In humans our brains consume 20% of our bodies total energy.
I have no idea what the percentage is in chickens? Or how much of this could be saved from reducing-eliminating chicken consciousness? However even a
few percent reduction, in the chickens (overall) energy needs, would translate into vast savings of food. Because food is one of the biggest costs in
farming caged birds, it is quite possible that a several percent reduction in food requirements, represents a money saving greater than the farmers
Controlled Suffocation: Nitrogen Asphyxiation is painless: en.wikipedia.org...
And cheap (already consisting about 80% of the air). At the moment of hatching, chicks would be gassed using Nitrogen in varying concentrations, until
such time, as irreversible brain damage had occurred (without physical health-survival being commercially jeopardised).
New Breeding Aims…
2. Pain Removal: (Ideally) Chickens breed with a low –non-existent (physical) pain receptive ability. Whilst normally this would be problematic
(in the extreme) to the functioning-health of chickens, in Advanced Battery Farming the chicken will exist to have no mental awareness-conscious, no
pain system, and no movement (apart from movement which is electronically stimulated-administered through low electric shocks) (in the interests of
meat taste & health quality). The massive advantage of this is: Energy will not be wasted on movement unless strictly practical
chicken food is saved (probably far more than from just reducing consciousness.
3. Chickens Selectively breed for low stress levels: Why: Stressed animals tend to produce less tasty meat. So: Chickens placed in (various)
environments, and observed for signs of lack of stress. This may be measured both by heart rate, respiration rate, and blood analysis.
4. Chickens selectively breed for naturally low cognitive abilities. Why: They may be gassed, but it’s a bonus if their brains naturally consume
less energy. How: A large flock of birds are given a “free-range lifestyle” where they will be trained to pass certain “animal intelligence
tests” (probably using food as an incentive). Those chickens which “fail” the cognitive tests most, will be bred for the next generation of
chickens to be selective breed for their stupidity.
5. (Existing goal) The more (female) hens eggs, the better, as roosters don’t produce eggs, and their only needed to sustain the breed.
[size=150A More Detailed Production Method…
6. Pre Hatch: Eggs (ideally) fed in an atmosphere of enriched oxygen (all developing chicks absorb oxygen through the shell). This should
accelerate development time, and (may) be practical as the eggs develop in a small, isolated, space. Since a supply of concentrated nitrogen gas is
needed anyway (for reasons later explained) and this usually requires freeing air (which obviously contains oxygen) supplying enriched oxygen (may) be
7. Egg Isolation & Sex Estimating…
(If possible-practical) eggs are moved into a “gender monitoring area”
When chick is forming in the egg, are there any sighs to which sex it is? Consider: Chemical “Signatures” in egg respiration gas composition. The
thermal image-temperature of the entire egg when it’s forming, or even “pre-hatch” noise levels
www.ca.uky.edu... When the embryo is young it is hard for the hen to tell if it is alive or not, but once it gets
older the embryos make noise that the hen can hear. In fact, embryos in the eggs next to them have also been shown to hear their
(Consider: frequency of noise production, frequency durations, overall quantity of noise produced (e.g. minutes per half hour, hour or day) and pitch
of noise produced.
Note: If at any time during the incubation period the egg shows (commercially) statistically significant signs of being a male, then the egg is to be
aborted (so that it’s incubation space can hopefully be replaced with a female-embryo containing egg)
Eggs are now in chick hatching-movement detection area. This may be the same vicinity as the egg isolation –sex guessing area.
It’s useful if the chicken (breed) produces eggs that generally hatch, at about the same time. That way, overall monitoring time can be
If it’s important to mechanically detect the presence of a hatched chick: Noise detection-monitoring would do this. However if the air surrounding
the egg was slightly electrostatically charged, and the egg was electrically isolated, inside an electrically conductive chamber, then the chick
coming into contact with the chamber wall would boost the flow of electric charge coming from the air, and this could surely be automatically
9. Conscious Detection & Elimination…
The moment a hatched chick is detected the air supply to the chick is changed from enriched oxygen, to air mostly consisting of nitrogen. This is
painless to all mammals (using the presence of C02 in their blood, to increase respiration). The chick is gassed with nitrogen until it is completely
mentally retarded, and in addition hopefully paralysed.
10. Final Chick Sex Detection:
Chick drops-out of “Isolation Chamber” and are sent along conveyor belts to camera system that may be able
to automatically visually read-detect chick genders (rather like car licence plate, recognition cameras). Alternatively workers could do this job (as
is currently done) (if that’s still cost effective).
11. Workers provides chick with a liquefied food tube, it may also be desirable to insert another up its rectum; however hopefully not. Far easier if
chicken waste-feces can fall through a hole in wire, and removed by conveyor belt.
12. Worker also attaches-glues electrodes that will encourage muscle movement for chicken health, and meat tastes.
13. As chick develops into a chicken, workers add suitably larger food tubes. (Expandable) rubber tubes is likely to reduce the costs-need for
So: Good ideas? To see how cruel the beginnings of battery farming currently is, watch:
(Not for the faint of heart!!)
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