Tells the story of the chicken, from fertilisation to plucking by the latest wax process. Stresses the efficient use of paraffin for the incubator and in the early periods of the chicken's life.

Year of Production: 1950

Color or Black and White?: Colour

Running Time: 19 mins 17 secs

Shot List


00:00:00:00-00:05:00:00 TITLE 'LIFE STORY' mws white cottage with garden in fg vs flock of ducks and ducklings paddling on pond mws Friesian cows grazing in field vs chickens in field ws field full of chicken coop in field vs young woman collects eggs from egg box in coop incubator house vs young woman
takes basket of eggs into sorting room cu basket full of eggs cu empty basket vs woman weighing eggs and entering results into book and sorting them ms woman puts eggs onto incubating tray vs man checks thermometer and then adjusts paraffin heater ms woman indicates to man that tray of eggs is full and
he slides them into incubator ms man removes tray full of chicks out of incubator vs chicks being sexed and put into boxes marked 'Live Chicks with Care' ms leg bands with cu on band vs man checking brooder machine and refilling paraffin heater

00:05:00:00-00:10:00:00 vs man checking and renewing wick on paraffin heater vs young woman moving chicks into brooder machine vs chicks in brooder machines vs larger chicks in outdoor brooder

00:10:00:00-00:15:00:00 vs outdoor brooder houses being refilled with paraffin vs older chicks living in free range conditions ms man checking chick for disease vs man filling hurricane lamp with paraffin and hanging in brooder house vs man loading chickens into battery hens ms eggs tumbling out of battery cages vs man plucking chickens using hot wax method cu bizarre shots of man waxing chickens inc chickens lathered with wax being hung on hooks

00:15:00:00-00:19:17:08 vs centrifuge removing wax from feathers so that it can be re-used ms man checks brooder houses at night