You must keep a record of any medicines you give to your birds if you sell or give away eggs. This covers you for a number of things that come up in other regulations such as the Food Hygiene regulations and the Code of Recommendations for Laying Hens. For example:
- You can provide proof that you have been providing timely veterinary care for your animals under the 3rd freedom.
- For food entering the food chain, you must be able to show that food for human consumption is safe (this includes eggs as well as meat from table birds).
- Finally, you can show that medicines you have used are licensed for this use in the U.K.
Of course if you keep receipts and veterinary bills, this can really help in this final area. I keep a small book that has details of everything to do with my flock – their ring numbers to when they are wormed – including the product, the dose and the receipt when I bought it.
Record keeping when breeding chickens is also important because within a few months, you will soon forget what you did.