Friday 9 January 2004 11.02am
Ehmm... the hatching is done in a controlled environment, in an oven. The feed consists of a little maize, chemicals, salts, sugars, water and flour. Let's not forget the hormones. The chickens tend not to have reached adulthood yet, as they've been pumped (steroids) to become much larger then would occur in natural environment. they live in a space, where they have no room to move. The slaughtering, plucking and cleaning happens on a conveyor belt, capable of processing about 4 chickens a second. The factory employs about 20 people who earn above the minimum wage, as the labour is so incredibly tedious.
After Slaughter, the chickens may continue to be processed (filled with water) before packaging and sale.