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The Welfare of Farmed Animals (Scotland) Regulations 2010

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19.  In addition to the requirements of paragraphs 17 and 18—

(a)if systems of rearing are used where the laying hens can move freely between different levels—

(i)there must not be more than 4 levels;

(ii)the headroom between the levels must be at least 45cm;

(iii)the drinking and feeding facilities must be distributed in such a way as to provide equal access for all hens; and

(iv)the levels must be so arranged as to prevent droppings falling on the levels below; and

(b)if laying hens have access to open runs—

(i)there must be several popholes giving direct access to the outer area, at least 35cm high and 40cm wide and extending along the entire length of the building; in any case, a total opening of 2m must be available per group of 1,000 hens; and

(ii)such runs must be of an area appropriate to the stocking density and to the nature of the ground, in order to prevent any contamination, and equipped with shelter from inclement weather and predators and, if necessary, appropriate drinking troughs.

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