• Short Summary

    The price of eggs tumbles in Tokyo, Japan, to the delight of housewives and the reason is this revolving hen house.

  • Description

    The price of eggs tumbles in Tokyo, Japan, to the delight of housewives and the reason is this revolving hen house.

    Its big round cages contain up to a thousand birds each. Driven by an electric motor they move around so that the bird gate his equal share of the sun and a chance, at regular intervals, to peck at its food and water.

    This system brings down egg prices to a recent new low 170 yen per kilogramme. The big aviaries enable farms to handle a large number of birds at the same overhead. This farm at Kamagaya, Chiba, has a row of six-ton cages each accommodating a thousand birds. It takes only eleven people to look after 10,075 hens. The cages can be turned by hand, though each is operated by a tiny 1/35-horsepower motor. The bird's droppings fall into a central container and sold as manure.

    This farm believes that this merry-go-around poultry farming could have a psychological effect on the hens to lay more eggs...

    The cost of a thousand-bird cage is 600,000 yen, or 600 pounds sterling. One of its advantages is especially pronounced in overpopulated, land-scarce Japan: the cages enable poultry farmers to keep a much larger number of birds on any given plot of land.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA583R9JNPH4V1PXXPOVG7QO90F
    Media URN:
    VLVA583R9JNPH4V1PXXPOVG7QO90F
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/05/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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