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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

Appendix – Referenced in ‘How you will be measured’. Indicates that additional information is provided in the Appendices, which are available at the end of each section.

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Aim:

HATCHERY EGGS

KH.HC.1

Standards

Eggs from flocks infected with Salmonella enteritidis or Salmonella typhimurium must not be admitted to the hatchery.

How you will be measured

KH.HC.1.a

Hatchery has ensured that breeding flocks supplying eggs have been tested for Salmonella.

KH.HC.3

Standards

One way product flow must be maintained from egg receipt to duckling dispatch.

KH.HC.4

Standards

Incoming air must be filtered. A positive airflow from eggs to duckling must be maintained.

How you will be measured

KH.HC.4.a

Filters are cleaned/changed weekly or in accordance with manufacturers instructions.

KH.HC.4.b

Records of weekly filter checks are kept.

KH.HC.4.c

Exhaust systems will take into account where down and dust may go and who may be affected by it.

Filter check records

KH.HC.5

Standards

Differentiation must be maintained between ‘clean’ and ‘dirty’ areas.

How you will be measured

KH.HC.5.a

Staff are aware of these requirements and are provided with dedicated protective clothing and footwear.

KH.HC.5.b

Equipment is segregated between ‘clean’ and ‘dirty’ areas.

KH.HC.6 Key

Standards

All eggs must be fumigated or sanitised prior to setting.

How you will be measured

KH.HC.6.a

Fumigation and sanitising parameters are recorded for each batch.
  • Fumigation/sanitising parameter records
  • Written fumigation Procedure

KH.HC.7

Standards

Incubation hatcher and setter equipment must be easy to clean, in good working order and sealed to the floor.

KH.HC.7.1

Standards

Automation and conveyors must not cause injury to ducklings.

KH.HC.7.2

Standards

The appropriate incubator or hatchery programme for the machine used must be available for inspection.

Incubator or Hatchery Programme

KH.HC.8

Standards

The hatchery must have a dedicated egg store and a designated setter room.

KH.HC.9

Standards

Eggs must be stored in a temperature and humidity controlled room.

Daily records of temperatures in incubator and hatcher rooms

KH.HC.10

Standards

Hatching eggs must be identifiable.

How you will be measured

KH.HC.10.a

The following can be identified for each egg:- farm of origin- date of lay- flock/house ID- age of flock

KH.HC.10.b

Floor eggs and dirty nest eggs are labelled and stored separately.

KH.HC.11

Standards

The hatchery must retain production records for each consignment of eggs.

How you will be measured

KH.HC.11.a

Production records include:- farm of origin- date of lay- date of collection and vehicle identity- setting date- setter number- transfer date- hatchery number- duckling and cull numbers (hatchability)- transport records, which include quantity, destination and drivers name- placement details- dead in shell analysis

Production Records

KH.HC.12

Standards

Eggs and ducklings must be transported in purpose built vehicles. (Revised)

How you will be measured

KH.HC.12.a

Vehicles are fitted with:- a powered ventilation system- a cooling system - a temperature recording system - an in-cab read-out- a load-locking system- a tail-lift (where applicable)

KH.HC.12.b

Vehicles equipped to regulate temperature by actively regulating airflow and ventilation.

KH.HC.12.c

Vehicles are easily cleanable.

KH.HC.12.d

If carrying ducklings the driver has means of communication in the event of emergency.

KH.HC.12.e

If the load is left unattended it is locked/security tagged.

KH.HC.13

Standards

A vehicle cleaning and sanitation policy is in place.

How you will be measured

KH.HC.13.a

Vehicles are cleaned internally between loads.

KH.HC.13.b

Vehicles are cleaned between loads, unless a split delivery is being carried out.

KH.HC.14

Standards

Injured or sick ducklings must not be transported. (New)

How you will be measured

KH.HC.14.a

Injured or sick ducklings are humanely culled immediately.

Mortality records

KH.HC.15

Standards

The time between hatch and unloading at the farm must not exceed 72 hours. (New)

KH.HC.16

Standards

Ducklings must be placed in clean, dry, ventilated containers. (New)

How you will be measured

KH.HC.16.a

Containers or trolleys are labelled to ensure traceability.