Mechanical chickens, lithographed tinplate

Mechanical chickens, lithographed tinplate

Mechanical chickens
lithographed tinplate
China
manufactured 1975-1979
Museum no. B.146-1996

This colourful toy is hand held and is operated by squeezing the metal loop below the birds. When the metal loop shaped handle is squeezed, the chickens peck in turn at the bowl between them. One end of the loop is attached to the bar on which the chickens sit and the other to an inner bar which slides back and forth when the loop is squeezed.