Laying Hens (England): Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock (PB7274)

Disease treatment


Schedule 1, paragraph 5 of the Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I. No. 1870), states that any animals which appear to be ill or injured:

- shall be cared for appropriately without delay; and

- where they do not respond to such care, veterinary advice shall be obtained as soon as possible.

 

Schedule 1, paragraph 6 states:

Where necessary, sick or injured animals shall be isolated in suitable accommodation with, where appropriate, dry comfortable bedding.

 

Regulation 4 of the Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) Regulations 1995 (S.I. 1995 No. 731) requires that slaughter or killing is carried out in a way that does not cause the bird any avoidable excitement, pain or suffering and by staff who have the necessary knowledge and skill to perform the task humanely and efficiently. The permitted methods of killing poultry include decapitation and neck dislocation.

 

Schedule 3D paragraph 4 of the Welfare of Animals (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2002 (S.I. 2002 No.1646) states that:

Those parts of buildings, equipment and utensils which are in contact with the hens shall be thoroughly cleansed and disinfected regularly and in any case every time depopulation is carried out and before a new batch of hens is brought in. While the cages are occupied, the surfaces and all equipment shall be kept satisfactorily clean. Droppings must be removed as often as necessary and dead hens must be removed every day.

 

16

A health and welfare programme should be implemented for each unit which sets out health and husbandry activities. It should also establish management procedures and control measures to reduce the risk of infections and injury. The health and welfare programme should be developed with appropriate veterinary advice, reviewed against performance and updated accordingly.

17

If the poultry are apparently not in good health, or if they are showing obvious signs of behavioural alterations, the flock-keeper must take appropriate action without delay to establish the cause. If the immediate remedial action taken by the flock-keeper is not effective a veterinarian must be consulted and, if necessary, expert advice must be sought on other technical factors involved. Where there  are signs of recurring injuries which may be related to the environment, these must be investigated and rectified as soon as possible to prevent any further damage to the birds.

18

Injured, sick or distressed birds must be treated without delay and if necessary separated from the rest of the flock in suitable accommodation available for this purpose, or killed in accordance with the legislation. Dead birds must be removed promptly.

 
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