TurkeysVarious methods of restraint are used to calm birds and reduce the risk of accidental injury during slaughter. Small birds may be restrained manually (refer back to Catching And Handling). Using restraint devices, such as the cone, allows you to have both hands free and removes the need to support the weight of the bird. This is particularly important when killing heavy geese or turkeys.

Following electrical or concussion stunning, there will be some involuntary wing flapping and movement. Wing flapping is controlled when a bird is restrained, which avoids damage to the bird.

However, the use of restraint devices can cause discomfort or pain to the birds. Therefore they should be used only briefly. You should always be ready to slaughter a bird immediately after restraining it. 


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