Project Description

Animal welfare – pragmatic, practical, good!

Compliance with the Animal Welfare Directives is not only mandatory for us, but also for the farmers, which supply us. In addition, close cooperation between the farmers and the veterinarians is necessary for the health and well-being of the animals.

Through internal and external animal welfare audits, the hygienic conditions, cleaning intervals, handling of the animals, air conditioning of the housings, the feed and water supply and the documentation of the results are checked. The use of additives and pest control are also inspected during the audits. If farms holdings fail to fulfil certain requirements, measures are drawn up, which the farmers must implement.

German chicken farming takes place according to the strict specifications of the German Broiler Welfare Regulations in which, for example, the housing occupancy is far lower than provided for by the EU. The group or flock size is not a decisive criterion for assessment of the animal’s well-being. It is decisive to gear the welfare conditions to the well-being of the individual animal and to its needs.

The basic needs of a chicken include sufficient feed, water and undisturbed rest in generic farming systems. This behavioural repertoire has hardly changed during the course of domestication. Also, poultry never live alone, but always in flocks. Among other things, social behaviour includes preening, where the chickens nibble and pick at the shafts of their feathers, or pull individual feathers through their beaks.

Monitoring units and documentation

The requirements for the monitoring, feeding and care of the animals are specified in detail and include, among other things, that a competent person checks the feed and water supply at least once a day or has to remove sick animals. The farmer must keep records of the results of the daily inspection and all medical treatments. Vaccinations are an indispensable part of special disease prevention, in the same way as inspection of the flocks by a veterinarian.

Veterinary inspection before the slaughtering

Before loading the animals for transport to the slaughterhouse, the veterinarian of the competent local authority checks the health of the animals and the documentation of the farming phase.

Transport containers for chickens

The transport of the animals is regulated by the animal welfare transport regulations (“Tierschutztransport-Verordnung”). The animals must have sufficient space, to enable them to assume a natural physical position or to be able to lie down. To ensure this, the weights of the animals as well as the weather conditions are taken into account.

We also ensure that the animals are handled responsibly during the slaughtering. For example, all employees who deal with live animals receive special training.
Animals may only be slaughtered if they have been stunned beforehand. At Landgeflügel, since we started up our first slaughterhouse in 2003, we have used gentle gas stunning.