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Divisions within the poultry house will make
capture easier, reducing the stress for birds and
allowing workers to perform more efficiently.
Eduardo Cervantes Lopez

shackles and are released by the workers, they must
come into direct contact with the comforter.
There needs to be a minimum distance of 10 centimeters between the bottom of the shackles and the top
of the breast comforter, as this will prevent the hanging
team from hurting their fingers when they place the
broilers' legs into the shackles.
There should be no sharp turns in the trajectory of the
overhead conveyor, as they could result in the birds losing
contact with the comforter and starting to flap again.

Dumper

At the processing plant
There are also numerous circumstances at the
processing plant that can lead to stress and consequent losses.
It is worth remembering that the area where the
crated or caged birds are loaded onto transporters
should be completely dark, and as quiet as possible if
stress levels are to be kept low. When birds are hung
onto the shackles, they must be handled carefully. Poor
ergonomic design of the area can work against this.
A poorly installed breast comforter can lead to
problems in a variety of ways. Should the structure not
be sufficiently rigid, and move when touched, the birds
will not fully relax.
It must also be properly adjusted, with the surface
protruding slightly beyond an imaginary line formed
by the shackles. Once birds are hanging on the

At some processing plants, birds are unloaded using
a dumper system. Upon unloading, sliding down the
ramp that leads to the conveyor belt will lead to birds
falling on one other with consequential wing flapping
and damage. They will start to relax on the way to the
hanging area but, on arrival at the revolving platform,
stress levels and wing flapping will increase once again.
It is not only the wings that may be damaged.
Given that breast muscles control wing movements,
they may suffer bleeds and bruising.

Stunning
It is important that the route from the hanging area
to the stunner is dark to keep birds calm. Broilers will
enter the stun bath in one of two ways: either rising
up a ramp or descending in the same way as when
carcasses enter the scalder. In the former, intense flapping may occur if equipment has not been properly set
up. Should preshock occur, birds will lift their heads,
will not be stunned and continue flapping as they
remain conscious.

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Poultry International - June 2019
Contents
Editor’s Comment
News
2019 Poultry Feed & Nutrition Survey: Antibiotic reductions, elimination pose ongoing challenges
What’s happening in the Asian poultry market?
VIV Turkey to highlight poultry meat, egg safety
Israel’s Of Tov sees success with antibiotic-free broilers
Positioning hard-boiled eggs in the snacking market
UK farm assurance scheme Red Tractor enacts tougher standards
Key ways to reduce yield loss of processed chickens
Products
Marketplace
Advertisers’ Index
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Poultry International - June 2019 - What’s happening in the Asian poultry market?
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Poultry International - June 2019 - VIV Turkey to highlight poultry meat, egg safety
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Poultry International - June 2019 - Israel’s Of Tov sees success with antibiotic-free broilers
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Poultry International - June 2019 - Positioning hard-boiled eggs in the snacking market
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Poultry International - June 2019 - UK farm assurance scheme Red Tractor enacts tougher standards
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Poultry International - June 2019 - Key ways to reduce yield loss of processed chickens
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