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RSPCA welfare standards for pullets

Pullets standards cover © RSPCA

Our detailed RSPCA welfare standards have been developed to represent good practice in the care and welfare of commercially-farmed pullets at all stages of their lives.


RSPCA welfare standards for pullets (laying hens) (PDF 1.93MB)


Please also see the RSPCA Veterinary Health and Welfare Plan Guidance Notes for Laying Hens and Pullets (PDF 191KB)


We've worked in collaboration with the Soil Association, research sector and industry to produce the Laying hen feather cover advice guide (PDF 572KB) providing guidance on improving feather cover in laying hens.


Aviary rearing systems accepted for use by the RSPCA

The RSPCA welfare standards for pullets (laying hens) require that any aviary rearing system used must be accepted for use by the RSPCA (standard E 10.22) before they can be used within the RSPCA Assured scheme.


For details of accepted systems, please see Aviary rearing systems accepted for use by the RSPCA (PDF 268KB).


RSPCA pullet standards technical advisory group

Members of the advisory group are selected on the basis of the specific expertise they bring to the group in different areas of pullet care. Members include:

  • Mia Fernyhough (RSPCA laying hen specialist)
  • Heleen van de Weerd (Chair)
  • Andrew Joret (Noble Foods/BEIC)
  • Steve Carlyle (Country Fresh Pullets)
  • Olivia Potter (Potters Pullets)
  • Harold Richmond (Skea)
  • Sarah Lambton (University of Bristol)
  • William Garton (Avivets)
  • Joe Bailey (RSPCA Assured)
  • A representative of RSPCA field staff (Farm Livestock Officers) who monitor RSPCA Assured scheme members


For information on the group's discussions download:


Find out more about the consultation process for the development of the RSPCA welfare standards for farm animals.

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