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Report No. 269

18. Veterinary Care -

(1) Every farm owner shall

(a) employ only, persons trained in handling and taking care of animals, and who do not have aggressive or abnormal behaviour, rather have compassionate temperament towards animals also; and

(b) deploy sufficient number of employees at the farm to take care of, and attend to chickens properly, and ensure that a minimum of two employees per five thousand animals are available at all times to take care of the chickens.

(2) Every farm shall make provision for veterinary care, including emergency medical care, and display at a conspicuous place in the farm the emergency contact details of the veterinary practitioner so as to facilitate the employees and inspectors to approach the veterinary practitioner as and when required.

(3) The farm operator shall immediately report the outbreak or suspected outbreak of any zoonotic or contagious disease or infection to the local authority, the Board and the State Government Department responsible for Animal Husbandry.

(4) Every farm shall have at least one room or enclosure for quarantining sick or diseased hens, or hens suspected to be sick or diseased.

Transportation and House-keeping of Egg-laying hens (layers) and Broiler Chickens Back

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