Layer Day-Old Chicks (Download Risk Assessment)


The risk assessment for moving day-old chicks is low.


Layer day-old chicks are newly hatched chicks that are
moved from the hatchery within a couple of days after hatching. Layer day-old chicks originating from a premises within the
HPAI Control Area moving to a pullet premises represent a low risk, provided that permit requirements below have been met.
Once the Control Area is established, eggs to be hatched from flocks inside the Control Area must come from flocks with negative RRT-PCR results. Layer day-old chicks moving to pullet premises may move within or out of the Control
Area by permit.

  • Traceability information (premises ID, GPS coordinates, or other)
  • Normal flock production parameters
  • Truck and driver biosecurity
  • Product-specific biosecurity
  • Hatchery biosecurity measures are acceptable to State and/or Federal officials
  • Hatchery does not have other poultry on premises except for day-old chicks hatched onsite and held
    for one or two days before shipping
  • Completed epidemiological assessment (for premises of origin), with no indication of contacts
    with Infected Premises
  • Day-old chicks will be placed in a 21 day quarantine at destination pullet premises
  • When the Control Area is initially established there may be eggs in the hatchery egg room from flocks in the Control Area; two 5-bird or 11-bird pool samples from those flocks should be immediately tested by RRT-PCR and found negative before permits are issued to reduce the risk of day-old chicks infected via cross contamination from hatching eggs being moved off the premises
  • Subsequent movements of hatching eggs from within the Control Area will be permitted according
    to the Hatching Egg Product Summary
  • The cargo interior and exterior of the transport vehicle must be cleaned and disinfected
  • The driver should remain inside the cab of the vehicle. If the driver gets out of the vehicle, the cab interior must be cleaned and disinfected, and the driver must wear protective clothing such as disposable boots and gloves, and remove them before getting back in the cab
  • The tires and wheel wells must also be cleaned and disinfected before leaving the premises within the Control Area
  • When the Control Area is first established, sanitize hatching eggs and handling materials from the Control Area if present in the hatchery egg storage room with an EPA registered disinfectant according to the manufacturer’s label directions or by the National Poultry Improvement Plan guidelines
  • When the Control Area is first established, if hatching eggs from breeder flocks in the Control Area are present in the hatchery, the hatchery connecting passages and receiving storage areas should be cleaned and disinfected with an EPA registered disinfectant
  • The hatchery product specific biosecurity steps from the hatching egg risk assessment should be followed for subsequent hatchery operations starting from when the Control Area is first established
  • Place chicks in new cardboard boxes or plastic boxes that have been cleaned and disinfected
  • The outside of the truck should be disinfected at an official station upon exiting the Control Area or per Incident Command requirements
  • The truck driver must wear protective coveralls, boots, gloves, and head cover when outside the cab and remove them immediately before reentering the cab. The driver should not enter the pullet house
  • Return the truck directly to the hatchery by the same route through the Control Area, avoiding known Infected Premises by the most distance possible
  • A shower and a change of clothes are required of the driver before entering the hatchery after returning
    from a pullet farm
  • Reusable chick-handling materials moved from a pullet farm are cleaned and disinfected according to the Cleaning and Disinfection Guidelines before being returned to the hatchery
  • The driver does not pick up another shipment of day-old chicks on the same day when he/she delivers used chick-handling materials to the hatchery from a pullet farm
  • Work flow practices are implemented at the hatchery to prevent cleaned and disinfected chick-handling materials from being moved across areas that are not cleaned and disinfected after movement of hatching egg-handling materials
  • The State Animal Health Official of the State of destination must receive a copy of the restricted movement permit within 24 hours of issuance


Permit for Movement of Day-Old Chicks to Move to Pullet Farm 
Subsequent Permit for Movement of Layer Day-Old Chicks to Move to Pullet Farm