Re: Don't be chicken

James McDonald

Dear List,

John White published an interesting article in the Summer 1989 issue of Agricultural History on live poultry cars that discusses a number of the questions that have been discussed in this thread. If you have access to JSTOR (I believe you can register for free) you can find it here:

Among a great many other things that make the article worth reading, White noted that access to the cars was through the side doors into the attendant’s room, and from there to the cage areas. Also, it seems that there was only one car design that featured removable coops, but this didn’t catch on. The majority of live poultry cars per the article were outfitted with large cages that were subdivided into adjustable compartments that could be reconfigured for the size and type of fowl shipped. White primarily focused on the Jenkins/Live Poultry Transport Co. cars, but he does mention competing designs and companies.

All the best,



James McDonald
Greenbelt, MD

2.1. Re: Don't be chicken
Posted by: "george eichelberger"
Date: Tue May 9, 2017 2:24 pm ((PDT))


Nothing inside the Southern cars at all.

Re the SNB article, in a railroad owned style of car style if there were 60,000 “head” in fifteen cars, we have approx 4,000 birds per car. If they made it to NYC in 24 (less?) hours, would that meet the “hog law” for chickens and not require an attendant? Did that rule even exist in 1919.


PS I am having a hard time believing 6,600,000 eggs! Carried in ? vent box cars?

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