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Bird Flu Prevention Zone increased to cover Wales as well as England

A bird flu prevention zone has also been put in place covering the whole of Wales (as well as England – see previous item) in a bid to stop the stop the disease from spreading.

So far this month avian influenza has been found on three separate occasions among wild birds in England.

The prevention zone will require all keepers of poultry and other captive birds, irrespective of how they are kept, to take appropriate and practicable steps, including:

  • ensuring the areas where birds are kept are unattractive to wild birds, for example by netting ponds, and by removing wild bird food sources;
  • feeding and watering captive and domestic birds in enclosed areas to discourage wild birds;
  • minimising movement of people in and out of bird enclosures;
  • cleaning and disinfecting footwear and keeping areas where birds live clean and tidy;
  • reducing any existing contamination by cleansing and disinfecting concrete areas, and fencing off wet or boggy areas.

Read the full story at Walesonline and also see our earlier item on the English Prevention Zone.

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Bird flu prevention zone extended to cover whole of England

Following the announcement earlier this month that Avian Influenza (H5N6) had been confirmed in wild birds in Dorset the government has now extended a Bird Flu prevention zone to cover the whole of England – please read details here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/bird-flu-prevention-zone-extended-to-cover-whole-of-england

Hopefully we are all prepared after last year’s outbreak and we can try and contain it.

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Please note that Hollywater Hens will be closed for the weekend of Saturday 23rd September and Sunday 24th September.

We will be open for business as usual the following weekend and during the week by appointment.

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Avian Flu – Latest Update

The government have updated their advice regarding avian flu:

All poultry in England to be allowed outside from Thursday 13 April following the latest evidence on the risk posed by wild birds.

“We have announced that the Prevention Zone rules will change from 13 April 2017. Keepers will no longer be required to house poultry or have total range netting in place in Higher Risk Areas of England. However, poultry keepers will continue to be required to follow our detailed requirements on strict biosecurity.”

 

Click here to read the latest press release from the government and here to see coverage by the BBC

 

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Latest Bird Flu Advice

It has been 12 weeks since governments in England, Scotland and Wales ordered poultry keepers to protect their birds from a highly-infectious strain of avian flu in Europe.
The emergency measures are now being scaled back and chickens can go outside in some areas.

From tomorrow (28 February 2017) new Avian Influenza Prevention Zones come into force in England, Scotland and Wales.
Poultry keepers must continue to follow enhanced biosecurity measures to minimise the risk of infection from wild birds.

 

Check the interactive map to see which prevention zone you are in and see the following links for more details of what is required in each zone:

More information about arrangements in England is available at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu

More information about arrangements in Scotland is available at: http://www.gov.scot/avianinfluenza

More information about arrangements in Wales is available at: http://gov.wales/…/environmentcountr…/ahw/disease/avianflu/….

 

In this video the Chief Vet, Nigel Gibbens, gives advice to people with backyard flocks on what they should look out for and how to keep their birds safe during the current Bird Flu alerts.

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Avian flu prevention zone extended until end of February

The Chief Veterinary Officer has extended a Prevention Zone to help protect poultry from avian flu

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This applies to everyone,wether you have 1 bird or 50+

  • Birds must be kept in covered runs
  • Wild birds (and their droppings) should not be able to get in
  • Ideally you should use a footpath to dip boots in before entering the run

Official government press release is here – https://www.gov.uk/government/news/avian-flu-prevention-zone-extended

Coverage in Farming UK is available here – https://www.farminguk.com/news/OFC17-Poultry-housing-order-to-be-extended-until-end-of-February-due-to-bird-flu-risk_45233.html

Follow @Hollywater Hens on Facebook for updated info as it becomes available

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Hen Keeping Tips for November

Now that Hallowween is over why not feed leftover pumpkins to your chickens? Pumpkins are high in essential vitamins and minerals. Just check for any rot or mold and cut up into large chunks. Your chickens will eat most of the flesh leaving just the skin.

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Hen Keeping Tips for October

  • Check coops for leaks and fix stiff hinges or locks before winter.
  • Ensure perimeters of runs have no breaks which predators could penetrate.
  • Create a dust bath by filling a plastic box with play sand or dry compost for use when the ground is damp.
  • Provide extra shelter from the elements with a beach windbreak.
  • Clear up any spills in the feed store and make sure there is no damage from pests.
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Hen Keeping Tips for September

  • Collect bracken and hang bunches to dry – it is a great source of free bedding for your coop.
  • Do not be tempted to overfeed hens with corn, as fat chickens will stop laying.
  • Make a health busting treat:
    • 1 cup each of rolled oats, wheat and sunflower seeds, plus 1 teaspoon each of brewers yeast, garlic and dried sea weed, combined with cod liver oil.