Identify designated person or management group in charge of animal welfare practices?
Is veterinary care available?
Is feed formulated by a nutritionist?
Does the company have a process by which employees and contract growers are able to report abuse or welfare concerns?
Does each employee involved in handling live birds have documentation of initial and annual training regarding general health, welfare, and bird handling?
Is there documented initial and annual training for all individuals performing euthanasia?
Is there an emergency response and recovery plan? Verify employees have access to emergency contacts phone numbers. Verify emergency ventilation system.
Verify disease prevention program. Should include a vaccination program
Verify biosecurity program is documented and followed
Is there a written protocol to evaluate and/or treat birds that have eye lesions, skin tears, and foot conditions that prevent the birds from eating and drinking
Is there a written protocol for beak conditioning?
Are all personnel performing beak trimming properly trained. Verify training records
Is beak conditioning performed in turkeys older than 19 weeks of age?
Is there a feed withdrawal prior to loading that does not exceed 12 hours
Do birds have adequate access to drinking water? 100 birds per plasson
Do birds have adequate access to feed?
Are there conditions in the house that may lead to injury to the birds?
Is a pest control program in place and implemented?
Is ammonia less than 25 ppm at bird level?
Is litter in good quality? Sample five locations in the middle of the house. Litter should be loosely compacted in the hand when squeezed.
Is there an updated mortality record?
- Greater than 2
Proper euthanasia method is demonstrated. Death is confirmed.
Verify a lighting program is in place with a minimum of 4 hours darkness.
No willful acts of abuse are observed
No more than 7 hens per nest
90% or more of the nest gates are in proper working order
No sharp protrusions or edges are observed on the nests that may cause injury or harm to birds
Birds have adequate roaming space
- Greater than 20
Birds in the recovery pen are checked daily to ensure they can access feed and water. Daily checks are documented
No more than 10 birds per 100 inspected have upper beaks no less than 1/2" from nostril
Proper handling (2 points of contact) is observed during insemination, proper catching, herding and driving is exhibited. Observe for 15 mins
Proper bird handling techniques are observed regarding catching, milking, and releasing during tom milking. Observe for 15 mins
Transportation- birds do not walk on top of other birds, birds properly placed into coop using two points of contact, turkeys are in a single layer in the coop, equipment in good condition with w documented inspection, mortality during load out does not exceed .5% mortality
Vaccination and/or blood collection- birds handled properly
Egg collection- eggs collected in a manner to avoid rough handling of the hen.
Bird weighing and or tom selection- birds handled with two points of contact