Chickens

Chickens should be picked up by placing both hands securely over the wings to prevent flapping. Once you have hold of the bird, slide one hand under the body and firmly clench the legs between your outstretched fingers (positioning one or two fingers between the legs) and support the bird’s breast on the palm of the same hand. The wings can then be controlled by your opposite hand or by holding the bird against your body, under your arm.

CH7

Secure the bird’s legs between your outstretched fingers, positioning one or two fingers between the legs. Clench the legs firmly (which makes the bird feel secure, minimising flapping) and support the bird’s breast on your palm.

CH8

Hold the bird against your body to control wing flapping, which should be minimal if the legs are held firmly. The head of the chicken is accessible for stunning.

CH9

The bird may also be held under your arm to control wing flapping. The head of the chicken is accessible for stunning.

All chickens should be supported and carried individually and should not be inverted. Catching or carrying hens by the legs can result in hip dislocation. 

Remember: Always handle birds with care and consideration.

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