Dead birds, eggs and even egg shells are classed as animal by-products. Dead chicks (used to feed snakes or birds of prey) also come under this regulation.
You are not allowed to bury or burn these any more (in case they get into the food chain via the water table) so if you have an ‘animal by-product’ then it should be disposed of via an official incinerator or via the Council waste collection if permitted.
The regulations vary from Council to Council but many allow animal by-products to be double wrapped in plastic and disposed of in the domestic waste bin, which is a viable alternative for most of us.
Feeding Chickens Mealworms
Many chicken keepers use meal worms as treats for chickens in order to tame them. According to animal by-product regulations, this is not allowed.
This website received a comment from the Government’s Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency which I have reproduced below to provide the information in full:
EU animal by-products and TSE regulations mean that meal worms should not be fed to poultry.
Dried crustaceans, such as river shrimps and dried terrestrial invertebrates, such as mealworms, are usually imported into UK in accordance with Annex XIV, Chapter IV, Section 2 of Regulation (EU) No 142/2011, “the competent authority may authorise the importation of certain materials for purposes other than feeding to farmed land animals (except for feeding to fur animals) provided there is no unacceptable risk for the transmission of diseases communicable to humans or animals”.
A summary of the EU ABP & TSE legislation relating to this is as follows:
• Terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates imported in this way are not considered to be processed animal protein (PAP), as they have not been processed in accordance with the Animal By-Product (ABP) Regulations.
• Terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates cannot be imported as feed for poultry under provisions in the ABP Regulations, which prevent the import of certain materials, including invertebrates, for feeding to farmed livestock.
• Under Article 31 of Regulation (EC) No. 1069/2009, terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates need to be processed to be used in feed for farmed animals.
• However, if terrestrial invertebrates are processed, in accordance with the ABP Regulations then they do become PAP and are prevented from being fed to poultry under TSE rules.
• Aquatic invertebrates, processed in accordance with the ABP Regulations become fish meal and can be used in feed for poultry under authorisation conditions.
• All poultry, including those kept as ‘pets’ are considered as farmed animals under the Animal By-Product (ABP) Regulations and the Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSE) Regulations.
So although many chicken keepers are feeding meal worms as treats, it’s not really permitted!