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Poultry farms: INDG guidelines

Practices that we highlight as serious welfare issues, are part of standard INDG guidelines or guidelines clearly not followed by the industry.
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A few of the guidelines

Practices that we highlight as serious welfare issues, are part of standard INDG guidelines or guidelines clearly not followed by the industry.

Debeaking
Debeaked when 1-day old.

Litter Management
Litter management is one of the integral parts of poultry rearing. Wet litter predisposes to many diseases. One among them is Coccidiosis, which is a serious disease and will kill chicks. Its organism thrives on wet litter.

Growth Rates
A broiler is a young chicken of below eight weeks of age, weighing 1.5 to 2 kgs body weight, with tender and soft meat.
Market at 6-8 weeks old

Living Conditions
Maintain good aeration, remove the ammonia (bird droppings) regularly to avoid suffocation to birds
Floor space: 1 sq. ft. per bird

Transport
Protect the in-transit birds from extreme weather

Bird Flu
Deadly H5N1 strain hit India in January. More than 3.9 million chickens and ducks were culled to prevent the spread of the virus across the country
Avian influenza hits mostly birds but its H5N1 strain has killed 234 people since 2003 when it began in Asia, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).