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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.
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Hen Keeping Tips for August

  • Gather stinging nettles (wearing protective gloves) then blanch them for a few minutes and freeze in small batches. Give them to your flock for a dose of vitamin c and iron
  • Keep chickens healthy by worming them with a natural product such as verm-x once a month
  • Hang bunches of fragrant herbs, including mint, rosemary or lavender, in the coops to mask odours which are especially pungent in the heat
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Hen Keeping Tips for June

  • Gather dock leaves for your birds. They are a free source of greens and packed with vitamins, protein and iron.
  • Place a radio in the chicken run if you notice signs of predators in the area – human voices discourage them.
  • Pin a white cloth in the coop overnight when red mites are active, and check in the morning to see if there are any on it.