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HOUSING, SHELTER AND HANDLING FACILITIES

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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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HOUSING, SHELTER AND HANDLING FACILITIES

CH.HF.1 Key

Standards

Housing/Hatchery must be constructed and maintained to provide a safe and secure environment for birds/chicks. (Revised)

How you will be measured

CH.HF.1.a

Housing securely contains birds.

CH.HF.1.b

There are no sharp edges, projections or other features presenting a hazard to birds

CH.HF.1.c

Electrical installations are inaccessible to birds/chicks.

CH.HF.2

Standards

Housing/hatchery must be appropriately and effectively ventilated. (Revised)

How you will be measured

CH.HF.2.a

Ventilation minimises high humidity, build-up of odours and maintains a comfortable temperature.

CH.HF.2.b

A documented ventilation plan is in place.

Ventilation plan

CH.HF.2.1

Standards

Temperature records must be kept.

How you will be measured

CH.HF.2.1.a

Records kept of minimum and maximum daily temperatures at bird/chick level.

Temperature records

CH.HF.2.3

Standards

Eggs destined for dispatch for on-farm hatching must not be allowed to cool prior to transportation.

How you will be measured

CH.HF.2.3.a

Egg shell temperature is between 32°C and 34°C.

Temperature records

CH.HF.2.4

Standards

Eggs destined for dispatch for on-farm hatching must be loaded into clean trays after candling.

How you will be measured

CH.HF.2.4.a

Trays are cleaned and disinfected on return from farm.

CH.HF.2.4.b

Only trays dedicated for on-farm hatching are used.

CH.HF.3

Standards

Floors must be constructed and maintained in a manner that minimises the risk of injury.

How you will be measured

CH.HF.3.d

Floors are sealed and in good condition.

CH.HF.3.e

Floors are hygienically managed.

CH.HF.4 Key

Standards

Conditions within the housing must be maintained in a manner that ensures birds are able to keep clean. (Revised)

How you will be measured

CH.HF.4.e

Environmental swabs for TVCs are carried out weekly and records maintained.
  • Environmental bacteria test records

CH.HF.4.1

Standards

Surfaces within housing/hatchery must be in good condition and must be able to be cleaned and disinfected.

CH.HF.4.7

Standards

Chicks must be loaded into clean chick boxes.

How you will be measured

CH.HF.4.7.a

Chick boxes are cleaned, dried and sanitised after every delivery.

CH.HF.4.8

Standards

Drains in production areas are accessible and cleanable.

CH.HF.5

Standards

Housing/hatchery must be lit to allow normal behaviours, rest and effective inspection of birds/chicks. (Revised)

How you will be measured

CH.HF.5.f

Levels of natural or artificial lighting in chick grading areas is of a level that all chicks can be seen clearly.

CH.HF.5.g

Holding rooms should be lit with controlled or blue lighting.

Light level records

CH.HF.5.3

Standards

Facilities to reduce light must be available.

CH.HF.6 Key

Standards

Housing/chick areas must be of sufficient size. (Revised)

How you will be measured

CH.HF.6.j

Stocking density in chick boxes is a minimum of 21cm2 to a maximum of 25cm2 per chick.

CH.HF.8

Standards

Automatic equipment is inspected once a day.

How you will be measured

CH.HF.8.a

Records kept of:- checks- malfunctions- rectifications

Equipment inspection records

CH.HF.8.1

Standards

An alternative power supply must be available which is capable of supplying all essential electrical systems within the poultry houses/hatchery.

How you will be measured

CH.HF.8.1.a

Malfunctions are rectified immediately.

CH.HF.8.1.b

Generators are tested weekly on load.

CH.HF.8.3

Standards

Alarms must be responded to within 15 minutes.

How you will be measured

CH.HF.8.3.a

When an alarm is triggered the following are recorded:- time- date- response

Alarm records

CH.HF.8.4

Standards

Incubation equipment is alarmed for high and low temperatures and mains failure. (Revised)

How you will be measured

CH.HF.8.4.a

Incubation equipment includes both setters and hatchers.

CH.HF.8.5

Standards

All incubators in operation must be checked twice daily for temperature, humidity and direction of turn. (New)

Incubator records kept and displayed

CH.HF.8.6

Standards

Chick and egg disposal equipment must be checked daily by trained operators to ensure it is working effectively, and a record kept of the outcome. (New)

Check records

CH.HF.9

Standards

Fire prevention measures must be taken.

How you will be measured

CH.HF.9.a

Safe use and storage of flammable/combustible materials.

CH.HF.9.b

Every building exceeding 30m in length has two doors and complies with relevant Building Regulations, particularly with regard to fire escape exits.

CH.HF.9.c

Access to building is restricted.

CH.HF.9.d

Buildings are secure.

CH.HF.9.e

Smoking is restricted to designated areas only.

CH.HF.9.f

Machinery undergoes routine maintenance.

CH.HF.9.g

Escape routes and passages are kept clear at all times.

CH.HF.9.h

Notices are displayed in all main houses of the nearest telephone point.