Layers - Salmonella Testing Requirements for Pullet Rearing Units

Caged Birds

Post Cleaning and prior to a new flock going into the house:

Please take:

1 gauze swab or sponge pad, from EACH of the following 6 areas PER HOUSE

  • Floors for litter houses (including cracked areas), or manure belts/droppings boards for cage
  • Walls (including cracked areas)
  • High beams/ledges and pipe-work
  • Fans & fan housing
  • In-house open feed hoppers/feeders
  • Drinkers

These may be tested in one or more composites.

Also take up to 25g of rodent faeces, from surfaces in house, or service area if none available in house.
If none available, producer is to sign a declaration and take gauze swab from areas around bait boxes.

If a previous flock has tested positive for Salmonella Enteritidis or Salmonella Typimurium. Please see us for an alternative testing kit.

Day Olds

Take a minimum of 10 Hatcher Tray Liners (minimum of A5 paper size) to be sampled in Hatchery and forward in sealed plastic bag with the chick delivery vehicle to site.
These may be tested in one or more composites.

PLUS – a maximum of 60 Dead on Arrivals from each hatchery.

14 weeks (Approx 2-3 weeks prior to transfer)

Please take 60g composite sample of faeces PER HOUSE, from all belts or scrapers after running AND 50g of dust collected from at least 10 locations in EACH House before dusting or sweeping.


All samples should be dispatched within 24 hours of collection. The BEIC Lion Code require all producers to ensure that the time between sampling and the lab starting to process the sample to be no later than 48 hours

For samples that fall outside of this time frame will not be able to have the laboratories UKAS accreditation mark on their salmonella results.

To avoid this please ensure samples are sent and received within 48 hours of sampling, it is therefore, not advisable to send samples on a Friday or Saturday, as they will not be tested until the following Monday, which will result in the 48 hour rule being breached.