Chicken Load And Trailer Wash Out.

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BK's Comment
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I hauled my first chicken load this week. Before this, only beef. It was an interesting experience. I picked up at a Pilgram’s Pride facility. Dirty, stinky place. Many trailers of live chickens crammed into small cages lined up to deliver the chickens for slaughter. I’m not a member of PETA, but it was a sad sight. Then I got loaded and went to a processing facility in Logansport, IN. Very nice, easy facility. Friendly, helpful staff, easy backing. But I guess every chicken facility stinks, and this location did stink.

Another first. Now I have to get to a trailer wash out because chicken blood drains in the trailer and really stinks.

I’m not sure that I agree with that billboard cow who says: “eat more chickin “ lol

George B.'s Comment
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Chicken is fowl.sorry.gif rofl-3.gif I was picking up at Tyson once and I was impressed at first by the appearance etc. Once I bumped the dock I noticed an issue w one of my trailer doors. I walked down to check it out and next thing you know I was standing in this "puddle" of foul smelling water. Until I made it somewhere to wash my boots, they smelled like death. And it permeated into the truck.

G-Town's Comment
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It’s called black water. And it is worse than raw sewage.

I have two sets of boots…because one of our customers receives numerous chicken waste; dead birds, biddys, hatchery and manure. I need to walk through it in order to tend to the rear of the trailer. Especially awful after a rain!!!

All of this ends up in compost used to grow… soybeans and corn. Which ends up in chicken feed.

Circle of life in lower slower Delaware and Maryland.

PackRat's Comment
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Hundreds of years ago, I worked two summers at Rockingham Poultry in Timberville, VA. At the time it was one of the largest chicken plants on the East Coast. The smells were the worst, but eventually one became nose blind to it.

G-Town's Comment
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…and of course the truck tires end up with all this gunk embedded in the treads. Mud flaps too.

“Nose Blind.” Can’t wait. 4 months in and that hasn’t happened yet.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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LOL, was a big chicken raising place on the west side of the I-605 freeway, between the freeway, and the flood channel in So Cal. Everytime we headed to Whittier to in-laws etc, you could smell that stanky smell for a minute lol.... It's gone now, I "think" a tree nursery in its spot, or more strawberry growers, I haven't been down that way in awhile.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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I haul a lot of chicken meal from various processing facilities, mainly down south. The parts that don’t get used get boiled, dried and ground into a granule that then becomes one of the main protein bases for dog and cat food. The smell during the summer will gag a maggot and it takes a while for it to filter out of the cab. One of the amazing facts is that when it comes to chicken, nothing is wasted. Even the feathers get ground into fertilizer.

G-Town's Comment
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Yes even the feathers, beaks and feet, I see it go into the compost grinders every week.

I haul a lot of chicken meal from various processing facilities, mainly down south. The parts that don’t get used get boiled, dried and ground into a granule that then becomes one of the main protein bases for dog and cat food. The smell during the summer will gag a maggot and it takes a while for it to filter out of the cab. One of the amazing facts is that when it comes to chicken, nothing is wasted. Even the feathers get ground into fertilizer.

Mountain Matt's Comment
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Bruce,

Agreed that those chicken facilities smell "terrific." They also seem to have that gunky mud in all their lots.

Some weeks, I feel like all I'm doing is hauling meat and thus getting the trailer washed out.

My worst load, though, was some kind of beef product out of Dodge City, KS. The whole way back east, I had blood coming out of the drains of the trailer, hitting the tires, then getting thrown everywhere. I would park at a rest area, and a stream of blood would start flowing downhill from my trailer. I had blood on my catwalk until I could get the truck washed.

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RealDiehl's Comment
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Ugh! The worst! Therre is group of neurons in my brain that have permanently wired together to signal [DISGUST] whenever I even think about eating chicken.

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