Poultry Breeding Flocks & Hatcheries Order 1993: A Guide (PB1435)

A Guide to Poultry Breeding Flocks and Hatcheries Order 1993


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Changes in Salmonella Controls

The Poultry Breeding Flocks and Hatcheries Order 1993 replaces the Poultry Breeding Flocks and Hatcheries (Registration and Testing) Order 1989, as amended, and implements the requirements for the monitoring of salmonella contained in Council Directive 92/117/EEC on Zoonoses.

This leaflet sets out the main requirements of the Poultry Breeding Flocks and Hatcheries Order 1993 to help you determine whether or not its rules apply to you and what you need to do to comply.

... So what do I have to do?

Do I need to register?

  • Yes, if you have a breeding flock of 250 or more domestic fowls (chickens), turkeys, ducks or geese producing hatching eggs.
  • Yes, if you have a hatchery with a total incubator capacity of 1000 eggs or more and which is used for hatching eggs.
  • No, if you have a mixed flock of 250 or more birds, but in which no single species (i.e. domestic fowl or turkeys or ducks or geese) numbers 250 or more birds.
  • No, if the flock produces hatching eggs or day-old chicks for research or scientific purposes only.
  • No, if your hatchery incubates or hatches eggs for research or scientific purposes only.

How do I register?

A completed application form BFH 23 must be sent to your local animal health office. After your application has been processed you will receive a registration certificate which will show the date of registration and registration number which you should keep.

What should I do if I have flocks on more than one holding?

You should complete a separate form for each holding address on which the birds are kept.

I have a combined breeding flock and hatchery on the same holding. Do they have to be registered separately?

No. If your  holding qualifies for registration under both functions you can apply on one form. Entries will be made on both the Breeding flocks and the Hatcheries Resisters.

... and what about testing?

You will have to test for salmonella if you have a breeding flock of 250 or more domestic fowl. Flocks of turkeys, ducks and geese will not have to be tested under the Order.

All registered hatcheries at which eggs of domestic fowl are incubated will have to be tested for salmonella. More details of the testing requirements are given later.

Do I have to keep records?

Yes, if you are registered to test. Records must be kept for at least one year and be made available for inspection. It would be convenient to keep the records in a book in tabular form or, of course, they may be included in any computerised system you use. You will need to record:

  • Salmonella sampling and test results
    • date of sampling
    • type of sample
    • identity of building, breeding flock or holding or premises of origin
    • salmonella test result
  • Movements of birds, chicks or eggs onto and off of the holding or premises
    • date of movement
    • number of birds, chicks or eggs moved
    • building identity (if applicable)
    • address which the birds, chicks or eggs were moved.

Where to get further information and application forms

For any further information about the requirements of the Order, and to obtain an application form for registration, please contact the Divisional Veterinary Officer whose address and telephone number will be found in the 'phone book under 'Agriculture, Fisheres and Food, Ministry of' in England. 'Scottish office, Department of' in Scotland, and 'Welsh Office' in Wales.

  • The legislation referred to in this leaflet is SI No. 1993/1989. Copies of the Order can be purchased from HMSO.
  • Further copies of this leaflet are available free of charge from: Defra Publications, ADmail 6000, London, SW1A, 2XX.
  • A Code of Practice for the Control and Prevention of Salmonella in Breeding Flocks and Hatcheries (PB1564) is also available, free of charge from Defra Publications.

The following alternate versions of this document are available:

Registration Form BFH 23 as PDF
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