Model code of practice for the welfare of animals: domestic poultry - Queensland


You may need to comply with this code if you keep all ages and types of poultry (fowls, turkeys, ducks, geese, pheasants, guinea fowl, partridge, quail and pigeons), whether kept commercially or as a hobby. This code of practice contains standards and guidelines to provide minimum acceptable outcomes of animal welfare for poultry. The code promotes agreed animal welfare outcomes for poultry by defining acceptable poultry management practices, and encouraging considerate and efficient treatment and handling of poultry in all types of production systems.

This code is voluntary, however key standards from the poultry code regarding domestic fowl are written into the regulations as the 'Code of practice about domestic fowl'. These requirements are mandatory.

The code is not a comprehensive manual on how to care for poultry and does not provide detailed information, such as diets or animal health regimes.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice is a set of rules which details how people in a certain industry should behave. A code of practice can be defined as a result of legislation or by industry regulators and bodies.

Administering agency

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Biosecurity Queensland

Animal Biosecurity and Welfare

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