Global Guide to Best Practices in Air Transport of Hatching Eggs, Day-Old Chicks, Poults and Ducklings

General temperature requirements As DOC produce heat, humidity and CO 2, adequate ventilation is vital. • Required temperature in holding areas for DOC: 21 to 26 o C (70 to 79 o F) • Required temperature in aircraft cargo compartments and holds: 18 to 24 o C (64 to 75 o F), which generally achieves the required temperature inside the chick boxes shown below Most shippers will place their temperature standards on the Air Waybill. Please follow their instructions. Holding DOC before loading onto the aircraft. The DOC are scheduled to arrive at the designated holding area 3-5 hours before departure of the aircraft. The consignment will then be prepared for transport. The area where the DOC are palletized should maintain segregation of consignments. If other animals are present they must be kept separate from the DOC. During the palletization process and holding period before loading, all requirements for temperature and ventilation must be met. DOC should not be stored with other avian species unless they adhere to the status demanded on the health certificate. 9