Poultry Welfare


These Regulations apply to all commercial egg producers - whether their birds are caged, free-range or housed in barns. They do not apply to persons who keep backyard poultry and do not sell eggs.

The regulations legislate some of the standards in the domestic poultry Model Code of Practice and make them legally enforceable. 

The standards relate to:
  • Housing requirements
  • Stocking density
  • The provision of food and water

​All persons who keep commercial layer hens should refer to the Regulations in order to determine their responsibilities under the law.