Chickens for Meat & Breeding (England): Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock (PB7275)

Record Keeping

Schedule 1, paragraph 7 of the Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I. 2000 No. 1870) states that a record shall be maintained of:

- any medicinal treatment given to animals, and

- the number of mortalities found on each inspection of animals carried out in accordance with the provisions in Schedule 1, paragraph 2.

Schedule 1, paragraph 8 states that the record referred to in paragraph 7 shall be retained for a period of at least three years from the date on which the medical treatment was given, or the date of the inspection, as the case may be, and shall be made available to an authorised person when carrying out an inspection or when otherwise requested by such person.



Records are an essential aid to management and those kept should include:-

  • The number and sex of chicks placed.
  • Daily mortality and the number and average weight of birds removed for slaughter or when thinning the flock to reduce stocking density.
  • Number of culls with reason for cull to be recorded (leg culls to be specifically identified).
  • Where possible, feed consumed (daily and cumulative).
  • Body weight in relation to expected growth rates.
  • The internal floor area of the house.
  • Daily water consumption (water meters should be fitted in each house).
  • Testing and maintenance of automatic equipment, including alarms, fail safes, fire extinguishers and stand-by generators.
  • Daily maximum and minimum temperature.
  • The lighting regime - intensity and duration.
  • Dates of cleaning/disinfection and bacterial counts between placements.
  • Veterinary consultation, date and outcome.
  • Medicine and vaccine administration records.


Additionally, for the purposes of salmonella control, the breeding sector must keep certain records under the Poultry Breeding Flocks and Hatcheries Order 1993. Full details of the records to be kept can be found in the DEFRA booklet A Guide to the Poultry Breeding Flocks and Hatcheries Order 1993. These records will compliment those detailed above and aid flock management.

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