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

9. Handling and Transport of Stock on the Premises

Growing and adult birds

(See note 16)

  1. The design, size and state of repair of any container used to carry birds should allow them to be put in, conveyed and taken out without injury. Care should also be taken when crates are loaded on to vehicles and in their transportation and unloading. Adequate ventilation for the birds is essential at all times.
  2. Birds should be protected from bad weather and from excessively hot or cold conditions. They should not be allowed to become distressed (as indicated by prolonged panting) by being left in containers exposed to strong direct sunlight.


  1. Regulations for the Protection of Poultry when being carried by water, rail or road, or exposed for sale, as contained in the Conveyance of Live Poultry Order 1919 (SI 1919 No. 10091), the Welfare of Animals at Market Order (SI 1990 No. 2628) and the Transit of Animals (General) Order 1973 (SI 1973 No. 1377). The recommendations made in this section of the code relate to handling and transport operations which are not covered by those orders.
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