Domestic Fowls (England): Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock (PB0076)

7. Management

Castration and Devoicing

(See note 13)

  1. Surgical castration and devoicing must not be undertaken.


  1. The Welfare of Livestock (Prohibited Operations) Regulations 1982 (SI 1982 No. 1884) prohibit the fitting of blinkers to poultry by a method involving mutilation of the nasal septum, operations on birds (other than feather clipping) to impede their flight and the devoicing or surgical castration of male birds.
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