US 9,808,328 B2
Poultry carriers and methods of restraining poultry
Marc S. Gorans, Willmar, MN (US); and Matthew Henry Erickson, Willmar, MN (US)
Assigned to NOVA-TECH ENGINEERING, INC., Willmar, MN (US)
Appl. No. 13/142,998
Filed by Marc S. Gorans, Willmar, MN (US); and Matthew Henry Erickson, Willmar, MN (US)
PCT Filed Jan. 23, 2010, PCT No. PCT/US2010/021900
§ 371(c)(1), (2), (4) Date Sep. 8, 2011,
PCT Pub. No. WO2010/085718, PCT Pub. Date Jul. 29, 2010.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/146,732, filed on Jan. 23, 2009.
Prior Publication US 2012/0012070 A1, Jan. 19, 2012
Int. Cl. A61D 3/00 (2006.01); A61D 1/00 (2006.01); A01K 1/06 (2006.01)
CPC A61D 1/005 (2013.01) [A01K 1/0613 (2013.01); A61D 3/00 (2013.01); A61D 2003/003 (2013.01); A61D 2003/006 (2013.01)] 24 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A carrier apparatus for atraumatic restraint of a live bird, the apparatus comprising:
a torso support element shaped to support and atraumatically retain the torso of a live bird restrained in the carrier;
a leg clamp apparatus operably attached to the torso support element, the leg clamp apparatus positioned to receive and atraumatically retain a thigh of a live bird restrained in the carrier, wherein the leg clamp apparatus comprises an open configuration in which the thigh can be positioned in the leg clamp apparatus and a closed configuration in which the thigh is retained in the leg clamp, and further wherein the thigh is retained in a selected angular orientation relative to the torso support element;
a head support operably attached to the torso support element and positioned to receive a head of a bird restrained in the carrier with its chest supported against the torso support element; and
a head clamp operably attached to the head support, wherein the head clamp and the head support cooperate to receive and atraumatically retain a head of a bird between the head clamp and the head support.