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Transport

RSPCA welfare standards

for domestic/common ducks

42 February 2015

* indicates an amendment

T 2.5.1 The partition must:

a) be mobile

b) not cause physical injury to the birds

c) be erected at a suitable time prior to catching to allow birds time to settle

d) minimise any disruption caused by the catching team to those birds remaining in the shed

e) not reduce the floor area available to those birds not being caught to such an extent that the

maximum stocking density of 17kg/m2 is exceeded.

Partitions often comprise of 244 x 61cm (8 x 2ft) plywood sheets on framing.

Where a proportion of birds are removed from a house for killing this can compromise the

wellbeing of those birds not being caught. For example, those birds remaining in the house

can be affected by:

 setting up the house for catching

 temporary withdrawal of feed and water

 noise and disruption from the catching process

 forklift operation in the house

 the condition of the house after catching

 the disturbance caused by returning the house to its condition after catching

 compromises in biosecurity, e.g. the introduction of transport containers and a forklift,

which may not have been cleaned properly thus introducing infectious agents.

Where a proportion of birds are removed from a house for killing the catching process should

be managed sympathetically to minimise such problems.

T 2.6 * The vehicle transporting the birds to the processing plant must be positioned to allow easy loading of the

transport containers.

T 2.6.1 The distance birds are carried/have to walk must be minimised, for example, by bringing transport

containers as close to the birds as possible.

T 2.7 The catching of birds must be carried out quietly and confidently, exercising care to avoid unnecessary

struggling and stress.

T 2.7.1 Care must be taken to ensure that birds do not come into contact with moving vehicles whilst being caught.

T 2.8 During catching, actions must be taken to prevent ducks from crowding together.

T 2.9 Where crowding occurs, the house lights must be raised, the birds spread out calmly and quietly, then

allowed to settle before catching is resumed.

T 2.10 If ducks are caught by their necks, there must be no more than two birds in each hand.

T 2.10.1 * If lifting birds by the neck, care must be taken to ensure the bird's windpipe is not likely to be obstructed.

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