Industry tips – Poultry transport
During our inspections of poultry trucks, Eyes on Animals inspectors regularly find birds that are injured or dead as a result of poor crate design, rough loading into the crates or inadequate protection against heat or cold. In this document the main problems and possible solutions are discussed.
KIP, IK HEB JE!* (I have you chicken!)
A guidebook on how to catch, load and transport poultry in a careful manner.
Correct handling of animals during transport is crucial for your business to develope a professional reputation and for achieving an acceptable animal-welfare niveau. Correct animal-handling of course also applies to the handling of poultry when collected on the farm and loaded into transport crates. When the handling of the birds is done carefully, there is less economic loss from carcass damage and the welfare of the animals is better respected.
*This educational brochure about poultry-catching is only available in Dutch.
Instructions – EonA Dutch catching method
The EonA Dutch catching method has been introduced by Eyes on Animals as an alternative to the commercial catching method where birds are grabbed by one leg, 3-5 at a time, which causes a lot of pain and stress to the birds. We have already convinced two large egg producing companies (Kipster and Rondeel) to switch to this more humane catching method
Catching chickens calmly – less stress, less crash injuries
In 2016 Eyes on Animals introduced the “upright catching method” in order to reduce stress and pain experienced by chickens during catching and loading. This humane catching method is being adopted by more and more poultry farmers and egg companies. In this flyer, poultry farmers, poultry-catchers, egg companies and retailers can read about the upright method of catching and other practical information- such as costs, catching time and animal-welfare advantages.