Notice to industry: Regulatory requirements for hatching chicks in broiler barns
November 18, 2019
New technology exists that allows chicken eggs with 18-day-old embryos to be hatched in broiler barns. Under the Health of Animals Act and Regulations, broiler barns using this equipment and conducting this activity are considered a hatchery. As a result, individuals must apply for and obtain a permit to operate a hatchery before hatching eggs on farm. They must also meet all of the regulatory requirements of a hatchery.
- Section 2 of the Health of Animals Act defines "hatchery" as "a place where eggs are incubated or chicks are hatched."
- The Hatchery Exclusion Regulations exclude only "(a) any buildings or premises that have an incubator capacity of less than 1,000 eggs; and (b) any buildings or premises that are not used to store for incubation chicken, turkey, duck, goose or game bird eggs."
- The Hatchery Regulations outline how to get a permit to operate as a hatchery and the requirements for testing, biosecurity, humane handling, labelling and record keeping to maintain a permit to operate.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is working with industry to take this new technology into consideration when updating the Hatchery Regulations. The proposed amendments are anticipated to be pre-published in Canada Gazette, Part I, for public consultation in winter 2020.
If you have questions, please contact your nearest CFIA district office.
- Date modified: