Ray Lorge shows off a hatch
The modern hatcherie's automatic incubators with turning racks could hatch 30,000 baby chicks a week.
After 18 days in the rack, they were lowered to drawers for hatching. Besides chicken eggs, they also hatched quail and even ostrich eggs. During WWII, business was excellent due to the rationing of meat.
At the end of WWII, business slowed down. Many
young cockerels were colored with vegetable dye, making colorful Easter
gifts. Though the colored down did grow out when feathers came in, the
S.P.C.A. took a dim view of the practice and it was stopped.
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