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

Record keeping

Schedule 1, paragraph 7 of the Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I. 2000 No. 1870) states that a record shall be maintained of:

- Any medicinal treatment given to animals, and

- The number of mortalities found on each inspection of animals carried out in accordance with any of the following provisions:

- in the case of laying hens kept in all systems Paragraph 1 of Schedule 3D of the Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2002 (S.I.2002 No.1646) states that all hens must be inspected by the owner or the person responsible for the hens at least once a day.

- in any other case (Paragraph 2) states that animals kept in systems other than husbandry systems in which their welfare depends on frequent human attention shall be inspected at intervals sufficient to avoid any suffering.

Schedule 1, paragraph 8 states that the record referred to in Schedule 1, paragraph 7 shall be retained for a period of at least three years from the date on which the medical treatment was given, or the date of the inspection, as the case may be, and shall be made available to an authorised person when carrying out an inspection or when otherwise requested by such person.



Records are an essential aid to management and those kept should include feed and water consumption, egg quality, health checks, behavioural abnormalities, maximum and minimum temperatures and ammonia levels.


Mortality, culling and, if possible, morbidity levels should be closely monitored. Autopsies should be carried out in cases where mortality levels are significant or higher than breeders targets. Records should be kept of all these results.

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