We called “chicken packing” during high school. When it was time for the chickens to either move barns or be shipped off to the butchers, a crew of packers would come in to get the job done.
Unfortunately, this is probably the scariest/worst part of the chickens life. Packers are usually high school students and as many of us know high school students can be kinda shitty. The amount of chickens i’ve seen kicked, punched, slammed, and intentionally run over by skid steers is gross.
Though it’s not fun for the chickens even with the most humane crew in the barn. Specifically, what we do is pick up 3-4 chickens in each hand by their legs (often breaking them) and carry them to the truck to throw them into the crates. When I say throw I really mean throw. The crates often times where above our heads, so we had to build up the power to dunk 6-8 chickens above our heads.
BONUS: That bit about how they never change the litter? Yeah if we didn’t ware masks while doing this job, we would be caughing up shit for the next couple of days. The air quality is zero. No kidding they die of disease
I don’t know how I had the stomach for something like this back then. I see how wrong it is now and I see why there needs to be change. Unfortunately, coming up with an equally efficient and more humane method will be next to impossible. How do you house, take care of 10,000+ chickens in an efficient and decent way? I don’t know that you can.