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Developing a ‘housing confinement contingency plan’ in case your free-range birds have to be kept indoors is always a prudent move. As of October 2023, this is not a welfare standards requirement for poultry, but it is recommended by the RSPCA’s poultry welfare experts.
A contingency plan will help you prepare and safeguard the welfare of free-range birds if they need to be kept indoors. Should the worst happen, your plans could provide details of on-farm mass culling protocols or methods that can be used at your site.
The RSPCA recommends poultry buildings are designed for whole-house gas killing as a last resort, to avoid the need for less humane culling methods.
Your plan could also include:
For further advice on how to ensure the welfare of your flock during the high-risk AI period, contact us and we will do our best to help.