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

7. Management


(See note 11)

  1. Dewinging, pinioning, notching or tendon severing, which involve mutilation of wing tissue, must not be undertaken. When it is necessary to reduce the effects of flightiness, the flight feathers of one wing may be clipped.


  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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