Poultry can again free range from Monday 2nd May 2022!
Fantastic news: APHA have announced they plan to lift poultry housing measures across the UK from 00:01 on Monday 2nd May 2022 ; This means our poultry can again wander freely outside!
The Avian Influenza Prevention Zone mandatory biosecurity measures will remain in place for all birds so if you intend to allow your birds outside after 2 May you must take action to prepare the outside areas, please check the information available on GOV.UK (summarised below):
Poultry and other captive birds will no longer need to be housed, unless they are in a Protection Zone, and will be allowed to be kept outside.
Those who intend to allow their birds outside are advised to prepare their outside areas for the release of their birds. This will include cleansing and disinfection of hard surfaces, fencing off ponds or standing water and reintroduction of wild bird deterrents.
The UK has faced its largest ever outbreak of bird flu with over 100 cases confirmed across the country since late October. Scrupulous biosecurity is the most effective method of disease control available and all bird keepers should apply enhanced measures at all times to prevent the risk of future outbreaks.
The Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) will remain in force across the UK, with only the housing measures component being lifted from Monday 2nd May. This means all bird keepers must be diligent in continuing to take effective and precautionary biosecurity measure.
Poultry and captive bird keepers must be vigilant for any signs of disease in their birds and any wild birds, and seek prompt advice from their vet if they have any concerns.
All bird keepers must:
cleanse and disinfect clothing, footwear and equipment before and after contact with poultry and captive birds
reduce the movement of people to and from areas where poultry and captive birds are kept, to minimise contamination from manure and other products, and use effective vermin control
thoroughly cleanse and disinfect housing on a continuous basis
keep fresh disinfectant at the right concentration at all poultry housing entry and exit points
minimise direct and indirect contact between poultry and captive birds and wild birds, including making sure all feed and water is not accessible to wild birds
I am sure you will all agree it will be fantastic to see our birds enjoying the outdoors again! Don't forget we would love to see your photos and videos on our Facebook and Instagram pages..
BioDri is a super absorbent powder to extend the life of bedding.Sprinkle on the flooring of your chicken run. BioDri is extremely effective in absorbing liquids and ammonia gas, inhibiting the growth and spread of bacteria and other harmful organisms.
The fresh smelling powder is non hazardous and is suitable for use with animals and birds of all ages.
Diatom is a natural organic (diatomaceous earth) entrapment powder; made up of tiny fossilised silica diatoms. Diatom can be applied on and around pets and animals (avoid contact with eyes) including their bedding, litter areas, cracks and crevices. The natural silica absorbs any moisture, reduces odour and bacterial breeding grounds, resulting in clean dry areas where insects and spiders find it impossible to develop.
Keeping the ground of your pen clean and dry plays an important part in maintaining the biosecurity and comfort of your birds. No birds are happy in wet muddy conditions. A simple answer is to provide a thick layer of woodchips across the run. This gives the birds a surface to scratch around in and keeps the floor dry, so making it easier for your access also.
A Multi purpose cleaner, sanitiser and degreaser.A very effective treatment for red mite. Removing both mites and eggs. Apply diluted, thoroughly spraying the house. Concentrating on the ends of the perching rails and in joints in the woodwork.
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