Thousands of chickens will not go on sale at Western market when the bird flu ban is lifted on Saturday, because hygiene at the market is still not up to scratch. A total of 38,000 chickens have been ordered from farms in Shenzhen and will arrive in Hong Kong after being inspected by vets to ensure they are not contaminated. But about 4,500 intended for sale at Western market will be sent to Cheung Sha Wan market because the conditions at Western are not considered clean enough. Chan Yu-yuk, chairman of the Hong Kong and Kowloon Poultry Wholesale Dealers' Association, said director of the Agriculture and Fisheries Department Lessie Wei Chui Kit-yee had visited the market on Monday. 'She said the hygiene conditions were too poor to meet the standard. We can't sell the chickens even when imports resume on Saturday,' he said. Department staff yesterday continued to clean cages and containers in Western market. Yeung Hoi-fung, a poultry worker in the market, said the Government was too demanding. 'It has been cleaned four or five times already. Conditions here are the best among all wholesale markets because it opened only three years ago. 'Government officials will certainly be unhappy with it if they compare it with their air-conditioned offices,' he said. Hong Kong vets will visit Guangdong farms before Saturday to ensure all imported birds are properly handled. Twenty-five state-run farms in Guangdong, including 10 in Shenzhen, have been accredited to export on the first day. The birds have been isolated in designated areas at the farms. Vets are conducting blood tests to screen out and destroy chickens with bird flu. The chickens will be kept in isolation until they are taken to the border for final checks. Shenzhen Animal and Plant Quarantine Bureau deputy director Tan Guoying said: 'We might consider sending vets to accompany lorries to ensure proper handling.' Some chicken wholesalers plan to set prices at about $9.80 per catty (about $16.10 a kilogram) - about 20 per cent lower than before the bird flu crisis.