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BREEDER LAYER EGGS

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Key – Those standards which have greater significance (all other standards are normal)

Recommendation – Those which do not affect certification

New – A completely new standard which the member must now adhere to

Revised – A standard that has changed and requires the member to take some different or additional action to before

Upgraded – The standard has been upgraded to a Key standard or from a Recommendation to a full standard

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Aim:

BREEDER LAYER EGGS

TL.BE.1

Standards

It is recommended that, where manual nest boxes are used, single tiers are used for all heavy and medium strain of turkey.

How you will be measured

TL.BE.1.a

Where double tier boxes are used the design facilitates easy and safe entry and exit.

TL.BE.1.1

Standards

A maximum ratio of five hens to one nest box must be provided.

TL.BE.1.2

Standards

Hens must be able to turn around in nest boxes.

TL.BE.1.3

Standards

It is recommended that nest boxes are fitted with semi-traps to prevent multiple occupancy. On double tier boxes this is only necessary on the bottom boxes.

TL.BE.1.4

Standards

Nest boxes must be constructed and maintained to provide a safe environment for hens.

TL.BE.1.5

Standards

Nest box bedding must be maintained in a dry, friable condition.

TL.BE.1.6

Standards

Conditions within the nest boxes must be maintained in a manner that ensures hens are able to keep clean.

How you will be measured

TL.BE.1.6.a

A written schedule is in place which details the methods and frequency of cleaning.

Cleaning schedule

TL.BE.1.7

Standards

Where two tier nest boxes are used the nest box ramp must be a gradual slope without a drop to the floor below.

TL.BE.1.8

Standards

Automatic nest boxes must provide broody control by pushing hens off the nest with minimum stress and without causing injury.

TL.BE.1.9

Standards

Automatic nest boxes must be checked and tested once daily.

TL.BE.2

Standards

Egg collecting staff must sanitise their hands prior to handling eggs and between handling floor eggs and nest eggs.

TL.BE.3

Standards

All eggs found to be cracked, defective or dirty must be identified and rejected.

How you will be measured

TL.BE.3.a

Clean floor eggs can be set but are identifiable.

TL.BE.3.b

Dirty floor eggs are not washed. These eggs are to be kept separate from clean eggs.

Records of rejected eggs

TL.BE.3.1

Standards

If egg sanitation is carried out it must be done according to a written procedure using Defra approved sanitisers.

Egg sanitation procedure

TL.BE.4

Standards

Eggs must be collected at minimum frequencies.

How you will be measured

TL.BE.4.a

Eggs are collected at least six times a day.

TL.BE.4.b

Floor eggs are collected at least two times a day.

TL.BE.5

Standards

All eggs selected for hatching must be placed in clean, dry trays and placed into suitable storage rooms as soon as possible.

Written procedure for plastic egg tray disinfection

TL.BE.6

Standards

Hatching eggs must be marked with a black mark using an indelible pen.

How you will be measured

TL.BE.6.a

One egg in each tray is marked with the flock code, house number and date.

TL.BE.7

Standards

Each trolley must be marked with the breeder farm and date laid.

TL.BE.8

Standards

Egg collection records must be kept.

How you will be measured

TL.BE.8.a

Egg collection records are kept for 3 years and include the following details: - quantities collected - quantity of floor eggs - number of reject eggs

Egg collection records

TL.BE.9

Standards

Must be facilities for grading, selection and storage of hatching eggs.

TL.BE.10

Standards

Egg storage facilities must be capable of maintaining a temperature between 13°C and 18°C.

Records of daily minimum and maximum temperatures

TL.BE.11

Standards

The use of broody pens to break the broody cycle is acceptable.

How you will be measured

TL.BE.11.a

Broody pens are not used for sick or injured pens.

TL.BE.12

Standards

Stags must be pre-milked twice to check semen quality before initial insemination of hens.