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

7. Management


(See note 9)

  1. If dubbing is necessary it must be done within the first 72 hours of life, using curved scissors. Dubbing of older animals is a difficult and severe operation which must be done only by a veterinary surgeon.


  1. The Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 (Schedule 3 Amendment) Order 1988 (SI 1988 No. 526) permits only a veterinary surgeon to remove the combs or to cut the toes of a domestic fowl which has reached the age of 72 hours.
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