Laying Hens: Feather Pecking & Cannibalism (PB10596)

BEIC code of practice for beak trimming

Correctly trimmed at 9 days

Result at 20 weeks

Beak trimming of laying hens in all systems will be prohibited from 1st January 2011. In the meantime, in order to ensure that the highest possible standards of welfare are maintained at all stages during the beak trimming procedure, a Beak Trimming Code of Best Practice has been  produced.

The working group involved in the production of the Code included representatives of the breeding, hatchery, pullet rearing and egg production sectors, Defra, vets and ADAS, and it is their recommendations, based on knowledge and practical experience that has enabled the practical guidelines to be incorporated in the Code.

The Code of Practice sets out the steps to take in the planning and preparation process; how the beak trimming procedure should be carried out on the day; training requirements and Health and Safety issues for operators.

Copies of the Code of Practice are available from:
British Egg Industry Council, Second Floor, 89 Charterhouse Street, London, EC1M 6HR.
Tel: 020 7608 3760.

ADLib logo Content provided by the Agricultural Document Library
© University of Hertfordshire, 2011