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

7. Management


(See note 12)

  1. The use of blinkers which pierce the nasal septum is illegal. Other forms of blinkering are not recommended.


  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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