Hatching eggs, hatcheries and breeding farms

The Hatching Eggs and Poultry Chicks Marketing Standards establish common standards for marketing and transporting hatching eggs and chicks throughout the EU and to enable the European Commission to obtain information about chick placings for forecasts of future supplies of hatching eggs and poultry.

Who do the regulations apply to?

The regulations apply to the production and marketing of hatching eggs, and of poultry chicks not more than185g in weight, of the following species: domestic fowl (chickens), turkeys, ducks, chicks, geese and guinea fowl.

Hatcheries with a setting capacity of 1,000 or more eggs, and breeding establishments with 100 or more breeding birds, are required to register with the Department and to comply with the regulations. Establishments with a lower setting capacity or with fewer breeding birds are not required to comply with the regulations but may do so if they wish.

Hatching eggs, hatcheries and breeding farms - regulations

EU Regulations

Northern Ireland Regulations

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