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

Why HEG and DOC Need to Travel by Air Poultry is in high demand worldwide, as it provides healthy and affordable meat, produced thanks to the continuous improvement of poultry breeding stock. For this reason, companies that produce top-quality breeding stock must ship their products in the form of DOC, day-old turkey poults, ducklings and HEG worldwide by air cargo. HEG and DOC are the result of many years of genetic research and improvement. They are vital to breeding companies and to future generations of poultry for the production of meat and eggs. During transport HEG and DOC must be handled with the utmost care from the moment of collection to the moment they arrive at the final destination. For this reason, it is important to provide everyone involved in the logistics process with essential information on handling them during transport to and from the airport, during storage and on the plane. The lives of the next generation of poultry rely on the ability of the staff involved in the different stages of the distribution process to deliver HEG and DOC in as good a shape as when they were first received for shipment. Best practices during transport, storage and flight must be carefully followed to ensure that the HEG and DOC arrive in the best condition at their final destination. 3