Poultry Welfare

Sustainable poultry farming integrates birds with the farm and land

Poultry Housing

Which housing system best suits your animals?

Poultry Nutrition

Feeding for health and welfare

Flock Health

This section is currently being written

Outdoor Ranging

High welfare management of outdoor birds

Natural Behaviour

Find out more about natural poultry behaviour

Poultry Breeds

Selecting a breed that suits your system

Poultry Farmer

Managing the human-animal relationship for optimal welfare standards

Welfare Assessment

Find out how to welfare assess your poultry

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  • Livestock should be land-based and integrated with farm cropping enterprises
  • Animals should be provided with conditions that enable them to exhibit natural behaviours
  • Dependency on veterinary medicines should be reduced without jeopardising the well-being of animals


outdoor access

Animals having outdoor access, shade, shelter, lighting and sufficient space for them to undertake free movement and to exhibit natural behaviors.


Using breeds and strains well-suited and adapted to the prevailing conditions.

Health Plan

Implementing herd and flock planning based on sound ecological practices and epidemiological knowledge.


Undertaking good practice with regard to biosecurity.

closed herds

Maintaining animals in closed herds and flocks and at stocking rates that enables free-movement, reduces risks of disease spread and minimises environmental damage.

forage and grazing

Forage and grazing being the main source of nutrients for ruminants, and continuously available to non-ruminants.

production practices

Avoiding the use of mutilations as standard production practices.


Improved understanding and responsible usage of veterinary medicines.