Ducks (England): Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock (PB0079)

Management

Bill trimming

47. Bill trimming should be carried out only when it is clear that more suffering would be caused in the flock if it were not done. It should be done by a skilled operator or under his supervision. If practised, only the rim at the front of the upper bill should be removed and before the birds leave the brooder or the rearing accommodation. Normally it need be done only once in the lifetime of the stock.

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