Code Development Process
Chickens, Turkeys and Breeders
- Draft Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Hatching Eggs, Breeders, Chickens, and Turkeys - Oct 2015
- Media Release: Draft poultry Code of Practice released for public comment - 05 Oct 2015
- Review of scientific research on priority issues - Nov 2013
- Current Code of Practice for the care and handling of Chickens, Turkeys and Breeders from Hatchery to Processing Plant (2003) • Factsheet
- Media Release: Poultry Code of Practice Review to Begin Fall 2011
|Code revision initiated||Oct 2011|
|Estimated public comment period||October - December 2015|
|Estimated Code release date||June 2016|
Code Development Progress
The process for updating the Code of Practice for chickens, turkeys and breeders began October 2011, using the NFACC Code development process. The Turkey Farmers of Canada, Chicken Farmers of Canada, Canadian Hatching Egg Producers and Canadian Poultry and Egg Processors Council initiated the review.
Priority Welfare Issues List
The priority welfare issues are species specific, manageable topics that are considered to be important for animal welfare and will particularly benefit from a review of the available scientific literature.
The Scientific Committees (SC) and delegates from sectors that will be represented on the future CDC collectively identified the priority welfare issues list. The SC is reviewing the scientific literature for each priority welfare issue and will be developing a report synthesizing the research results, summarizing the consensus (if any), and identifying any gaps requiring further research. See full SC Terms of Reference.
The CDC will use the SC report to develop requirements and recommendations around the priority welfare issues.
Following is the priority welfare issues list for the Chickens, Turkeys and Breeders Code update:
- Air and litter quality (broilers, broiler breeders, turkeys)
- Lighting regimens (broilers, turkeys)
- Stocking density (broilers, broiler breeders, turkeys)
- Lameness (broilers, broiler breeders, turkeys)
- Methods of euthanasia (all, including unhatched eggs)
- Aggression (broiler breeders – males)
- Feather-pecking and cannibalism (broiler breeders, turkeys)
- Free-range, organic and alternative systems will be considered within each PWI.
- Other welfare topics for the species will be covered by the CDC. The priority welfare issue list is comprised of issues that would particularly benefit from a review of the available scientific literature.
Chickens, Turkeys and Breeders Code Development Committee
|Code secretary||Betsy Sharples|
|Producer||Vernon Froese (Chair)|
|Henk van Steenbergen|
|Animal welfare organization||Ian Duncan|
|Animal welfare regulatory enforcement body||Penny Lawlis|
|Retail and food service organization||Requested but position not filled|
|Agriculture Canada and/or CFIA||Michelle Groleau|
|Researcher / academic||Karen Schwean-Lardner|
|Industry liaison (ex-officio)||Jennifer Gardner|
Participants are defined as per NFACC’s Code of Practice guidelines.
Chickens, Turkeys and Breeders Code Scientific Committee
- Derek Anderson
- Mike Petrik
- Karen Schwean-Larder (Chair)
- Stephanie Torrey
- Tina Widowski
- Brooke Aitkin (Research Writer)
Funding for this project has been provided through the AgriMarketing Program under Growing Forward 2, a federal–provincial–territorial initiative.