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Sorting, sexing and placing day-old chicks in boxes

After hatching day-old chicks are inspected on inborn disabilities. Day-old laying chicks are also sexed i.e. separation of hens and cocks. Chick sexers and chick handlers must wash and disinfect their hands and change into clean protective clothing and boots before commencing work.

Sexing can either be done by inspection of the cloaca or by looking at wing feathers immediately after hatch.

Day-old chicks or other poultry have to be delivered or distributed in chick boxes made of suitable material that have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected or fumigated. The delivery truck has to be cleaned and disinfected before loading each flock of day-old chicks.