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Why? So the chicken can get out, of course.

... And I have an hour or so of spare time on Tuesday afternoons... :-)
It was hard to get good angles on the inside of this without funky shadows, but I got a few decent shots.

So here's the story:

In the mid 1800's, with the discovery of the boneless-skinless chicken, came a huge obstacle for chicken breeders. The problem was of course the shell-less eggs. So, like most of time when something is in the way of a new invention being economically viable, a solution was made. This contraption was steam powered and would keep the eggs warm, and then pop open after a certain number of weeks when the chicken was mature enough to survive outside its egg and move into a bucket. Shortly after the invention of this contraption the technology took off, like it tends to do, and all modern boneless-chicken breeding methods are based off this original design.

Obviously needs more work... Needs more gears and things. But I thought I'd post it as it is right now, since it may be a while before I get a chance to improve it.

Cheers!

-DMC

I must say, this is a fascinating concept, but I must also ask... how does the hatch open without the "boneless-skinless chicken" getting caught in the teeth of the gears?
 PLEASE MAKE A TUTORIAL!!!!!!!
I agree! This is so cool!
yes, please give us an instructable, I want to make one of these.
Call it the clockwork egg.
normaly when i make somthing like this and peple ask why? i say cuz its so cool!
Yes it is cool! Mind putting up a video on how u got it to work (or if you have one send it to me plz)
neat, but is that a fake egg if so how did you make it?
Real egg. I used a dremel. :)
lol
That's a really clever idea, I just have one question: when you have put the tiny steam engine and all the needed gears inside, how will you put the chicken inside!? Sorry, I couldn't resist. XD
you could make it so the gear actually opened the hatch with a switch that reversed the direction at the top and bottom with a motor and some more gears. but its cool anyway i hope you take it out of concept
great idea...more work needed
agreed
I'd call this a concept model. Also, try to make the gear teeth actually interlock, helps sell the idea.
Definitely a concept instructable. If it makes it past the concept stage you'll see another one pretty soon. The problem at the moment is time. And the gear teeth DO interlock, but I couldn't get a good picture showing that. :) Thanks for taking the time to give some feedback, -DMC
Yes. The teeth interlock, as in they're touching and all that. But, not in a way that you'd see in any steam-punk era machine, or any modern machine for that matter. If you use re-purposed parts, configure them how they were meant to be used, even if the object as a whole is non operational. Helps sell the idea.
nice
Not bad, but like you said it needs work

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