• Short Summary

    A look at battery chicken farming and modern egg factory run by computers.

  • Description

    Title reads: "Science and the Egg".

    Chick automation. C/U eggs stacked in boxes. Interior shot of battery hen house. C/U chicks in their cubicles showing eggs laid waiting to be collected. Exterior shot chicken farm. C/U man collecting eggs. C/U chickens in hut. C/U farmer making notes of eggs produced.

    L/S Thornbers egg factory at Reading, Berkshire. Interior shot of laboratory technicians measuring eggs. C/U hand holding egg and statistics being noted down. C/U female technician breaking egg over glass topped table for measuring. C/U technician weighing eggs.

    M/S man putting boxes of chicks onto gravity rollers. The boxes are rolled around to sex identification department. Various shots lab technicians examining chicks and throwing them into different boxes.

    Various shots Elliot 803 Electronic Computer at work. C/U man reading information while girl types information into machine. C/U coded type being fed into tape reader. C/U data being recorded onto magnetic tape. M/S man operating another section of the computer. C/U printer in action producing computer results. We see type reading: "Breeding Research Department Egg Production Strain Test".

    L/S eggs in their trays being rolled down gravity rollers. A woman picks up eggs from tray using suction machine, she drops the eggs into another box. M/S chickens in hut. C/U of hen, she moves to reveal giant egg!

    Cataloguers note: the commentary to this item is very pro battery farming. Some scenes may seem cruel to viewers nowadays.

    NB: newspaper article on file.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:30:28:00 / 01:32:30:00

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