Patent Number: 6,254,471

Title: Apparatus for gripping the legs of poultry

Abstract: An apparatus for gripping the feet of sitting or standing poultry. The apparatus comprising a first conveyor where the poultry sits or stands on the first conveyor and points its head in the same or opposite direction to the direction of travel of the first conveyor. A section of the first conveyor forms a tunnel floor. A tunnel ceiling is disposed above the first conveyor. The distance between the tunnel ceiling and the first conveyor initially decreases in the direction of travel of the first conveyor. A guide extends in the longitudinal direction of the tunnel ceiling and is located between the first conveyor and the tunnel ceiling. The distance between the tunnel ceiling and the first conveyor increases in the direction of travel of the first conveyor at a location proximate to the guide. A second conveyor is located in the direction of travel of the first conveyor substantially after the guide. The breast of the poultry rests on the second conveyor. Gripping members are located in the direction of travel of the first conveyor substantially after the guide. The gripping members engage and enclose the feet of the poultry.

Inventors: Meyn; Pieter (Oostzaan, NL)

Assignee: Meyn Food Processing Technology B.V.

International Classification: A01K 45/00 (20060101); A22C 021/00 ()

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018