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

9. Handling and Transport of Stock on the Premises

Day-old chicks

(See note 15)

  1. Chicks for despatch should be healthy and vigorous and should be placed in suitably ventilated boxes without overcrowding. Care should be taken to ensure adequate ventilation of the boxes, particularly when they are stacked and to protect the chicks from direct sunlight and cold draughts.
  2. Packing materials used inside boxes should be dry and free from moulds.
  3. Chicks should be transferred to the brooders as soon as possible.


  1. Regulations for the protection of poultry when being carried by water, rail or road, or exposed for sale, as contained in the Welfare of Poultry (Transport) Order 1988 (SI 1988 No. 851), the Welfare of Animals at Market Order 1990 (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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