This sub-page focuses on priority area 3. Assessment of the state of consciousness after stunning for broilers and turkeys.


The set of welfare indicators documents below identifies the legal requirements of the legislation and addresses their corresponding specific indicators for each requirement, classified as animal-based, resource-based and management-based indicators. The indicators have been retrieved from literature review and expert knowledge. Furthermore, the legal requirements without specific corresponding indicators have been identified. The indicators and methods of assessment were evaluated according to their validity, feasibility, and reliability in order to deliver useful information for official controls. The possible gaps of knowledge and ‘open norms ‘ were identified and discussed.



This study is aimed at investigating the pertinence of different animal-based indicators (ABIs) for the assessment of broiler’s state of consciousness after waterbath stunning (WBS) before and during bleeding. A scientific paper was published based on this experimental study: Contreras-Jodar. et al. 2022. Inter-Observer Repeatability of Indicators of Consciousness after Waterbath Stunning in Broiler Chickens.

This area will be updated regularly with reviews, reports or articles (from EURCAW-Poultry-SFA). The number of available items will increase over time.