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RSPCA welfare standards

for domestic/common ducks

11 February 2015

* indicates an amendment

Environment

The environment in which livestock are kept needs to take into account their welfare needs, be

designed to protect them from physical and thermal discomfort, fear and distress, and allow

them to perform their natural behaviour.

E 1.1 Where management systems, designs or layout of facilities not covered in the RSPCA welfare standards

are being employed or considered, these must be referred to, and discussed with, the RSPCA Farm

Animals Department before they can be considered for certification by Freedom Food.

E 1.1.1 * Where changes are being made to existing buildings, new accomodation is being built or new equipment

installed that has not previously been assessed, managers must inform Freedom Food at the time the

change is being made.

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If there is any uncertainty about whether planned changes to buildings or equipment will meet

the RSPCA welfare standards then please contact the RSPCA Farm Animals Department (see

page iv).

E 1.2 Bird welfare must not be compromised/be likely to be compromised by outside environmental factors, such

as noise, atmospheric pollution, adverse weather conditions, predators and, in the case of free range

systems, soil conditions.

E 1.3 * The area immediately surrounding the outside of the house must:

a) be kept clean and tidy

b) not offer shelter to wild animals

c) be well-managed, with any vegetation kept short.

Buildings

E 2.0 All ducks must be provided with accommodation.

E 2.1 Buildings must be fit for purpose to ensure a good level of welfare is achieved and maintained at all times

throughout a duck's life.

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Buildings that offer very limited or no control over the birds' thermal environment, such as in

fully or near-fully open sided buildings, will not be considered acceptable. Sufficient control is

essential to maintain good litter and air quality, especially during colder weather, and to protect

birds from thermal stress and discomfort.

E 2.2 Buildings must be designed and erected so as to be suitable for expected local weather conditions.

E 2.3 For all accommodation, a notice containing a checklist of the key points relating to welfare (see E 2.4)

must be prominently displayed at, or near, the entrance to each building.

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