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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.

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.

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