Layer Hatching Eggs (Download Risk Assessment)


The risk assessment for moving hatching eggs is low.


Layer hatching eggs originating from egg farms in an HPAI Control Area where RRT-PCR results are negative for HPAI moving to a hatchery or processing represent a low risk, provided that permit requirements below have been met.
Layer hatching eggs moving to hatcheries or processing 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
  • Premises’ (farm of origin) biosecurity measures are acceptable to State and/or Federal officials
  • Completed epidemiological assessment (for premises of origin), with no indication of dangerous contacts
    with Infected Premises
  • Two negative RRT-PCR results for HPAI (each result is one 5-bird or 11-bird pool sample per 50 dead birds from each house on the premises)
  • If all the above are true, a permit can be issued to move layer hatching eggs off the premises
    to hatchery or processing after two negative RRT-PCRs and a 2-day hold, where at least one RRT-PCR result is from a pooled sample taken on the second day of holding or later
  • 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
  • Layer hatching eggs must be moved directly and only to a hatchery or a processing facility without poultry
    for breaking and further processing
  • Transport vehicle shall be sealed by farm or company personnel under the authorization
    of the Incident Command
  • Layer hatching eggs must be packed in either new disposable materials or plastic materials that were previously cleaned and disinfected at the hatchery
  • Egg-handling materials can be returned to the premises of origin after at least 24 hours have elapsed since these materials were moved from the farm and without contacting materials going to other premises
  • New paper or fiber flats must be used for hand gathered eggs
  • The layer hatching eggs must be sanitized with an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered disinfectant for avian influenza virus according to the manufacturer label directions for application on layer hatching eggs or by formaldehyde fumigation immediately after collection
  • Hatchery loading docks, connecting passages, and receiving storage areas are to be cleaned and disinfected with an EPA registered disinfectant after receiving layer hatching eggs
  • The transfer of layer hatching eggs into setters and movements of unwashed materials originating
    from the breeder flock must be conducted after the hatching or chick processing operations on the same day
  • Egg contents leaked onto hatchery floors must be cleaned and disinfected according to hatchery standard operating procedure
  • Employees must wash their hands with soap or apply a hand sanitizer before entering the hatcher room
    or chick processing room
  • Employees must take precautions to prevent the transfer of microbial contamination into the chick processing room via shoes
  • 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 Hatching Eggs to Move to Hatchery or Processing Plant
Subsequent Permit for Layer Hatching Eggs to Move To Hatchery or Processing Plant