As a poultry keeper you must look after poultry in ways that meet their welfare needs, making sure they don’t experience any unnecessary distress, suffering or heat stress.
You need to follow the guide to looking after farm animals. It explains your general responsibilities to farm animals and helps you follow the Welfare of Farmed Animals Regulations 2007 and related laws.
You and any staff working with animals must read, understand and have access to the relevant welfare code of recommendations for any birds you look after. Welfare codes aren’t law, but if you don’t follow them it can be used as evidence in court if you’re prosecuted for causing unnecessary suffering to livestock or poultry.
Some of the references to legislation in the welfare codes of recommendations are now out of date and instead you should reference the following as needed:
Laying hens and pullets
We’ve produced an updated draft code of practice for the welfare of laying hens and pullets. The draft code was placed in Parliament on 5 June 2018. If there are no objections from Parliament, it will come into force in August 2018.