Video Channel
25 November 2012

Here Stephen Lister of Crowshall Veterinary and Christine Nicol of Bristol University update delegates on progress and appeal for egg producers to take part in the survey being carried out by the University of Bristol to see if flocks that are not beak trimmed can perform in a flock in the same way and with the same mortality rates as birds that are beak trimmed.

When FAWC recommended delaying the introduction of the beak trimming ban it said that the ban should be deferred until it could be demonstrated reliably under commercial conditions that non-beak-trimmed laying hens could be managed without a greater risk to their welfare than that caused by beak trimming itself. But Jim Paice said the egg industry should expect the ban to go ahead in 2016.


25-11-2012 17:25 PM | Posted by David
Beak trimming is not a mutilation! Only the very slightest tip of the beak is clipped. Some of the images you show are the wickedest forms of beak trimming and I am sure EVERY farmer will condemn them. It is scare mongering. Anybody that trims beaks in that manner should face prison for cruelty. If any animal welfare groups went around a flock of birds that have not been beak trimmed and saw the bullying and mutilation and feather pecking by other birds they would demand that all birds are beak tipped at chick stage. I would even go so far as to say that most people would not even see the difference between a beak trimmed bird and a bird that has not been trimmed. It is absolutely painless and is done by infra red.

We must get this right? If we ban beak trimming we will see higher levels of mortality and cannabalism of the most severe order.
02-12-2012 07:48 AM | Posted by Phil Westwood
If only you were right David. Here in Australia, many hens are severely 'beak trimmed' with hot blades, even though the Australian Egg Corporation claims that only infra red trimming is conducted.

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