Chickens on the BBC

Hollywater Hens on BBC Radio

Rebecca Parker hosts The Kitchen Garden including Gardners’ Questions on BBC Radio Solent.

Rebecca Parker - BBC Radio Solent

Earlier this month Rebecca visited Suzie Baldwin at Hollywater Hens to learn all about keeping chickens.


Chickens on the BBC

You can listen to the 12 minute chicken clip with Suzie on the BBC Radio Solent site (or click the image above) or the whole program is available until the middle of next month.

Rebecca will also be coming back to Hollywater Hens to speak to Suzie again later in the year – more details will follow.

Chicken Coops For Sale

We have a number of chicken coops for sale in the Hollywater Hens Shop to suit all needs and budgets:

Small Chicken House:

73 cm wide
73cm long
109 cm high at the front
95cm high at the rear

Larger Chicken House:

98 cm wide
92 cm long
107 cmhigh at the front
98 cm high at the rear

Chicken House with Base:

100 cm wide – plus 35cm for nest box
107 cm long
106 cm high

Recycled Plastic Chicken House:

90 cm wide – plus 33cm for nest box
118 cm long
86 cm high

(All measurements are approximate)

Please contact us for more details

Merrist Wood College with their certificates of achievement and new Smallholders book

Upcoming Chicken Courses

We have some upcoming courses on the following dates:

  • May 13th – Beginner’s Course
  • June 3rd – How to prevent and treat Red Mite
  • June 17th – Healthy Herbs for chickens
  • June 24th – Beginner’s Course
  • August 12th – Beginner’s Course

All courses are on a Sunday from 10am -12:30 and include a light lunch – cost is £40

The Hollywater Hens’ Beginners Chicken Course includes:

  • Setting up
  • Chicken breeds
  • Feeding chickens
  • Handling chickens
  • Common chicken health problems
  • How to handle your hens
  • Wing clipping
  • Questions and answer session with yummy fresh egg sandwiches, cake and tea or coffee.

The beginners chicken course is a great way to gain confidence and knowledge enabling you to provide your hens with a happy healthy lifestyle.

See our courses page for more details

Merrist Wood College with their certificates of achievement and new Smallholders book

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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.

Closed for one weekend

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.

Blue hybrid Chicken

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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New precautionary measures to protect poultry against Avian Flu

Important – Please read.

All poultry keepers, even if you only have 1 or 2 birds, need to follow the latest guidelines produced by DEFRA. This is a precautionary measure for 30 days. There has been NO outbreak of avian flu in the UK so let’s try and keep it that way.

The DEFRA press release can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-measures-to-protect-poultry-against-avian-flu and is copied below for completeness:

 

The Chief Veterinary Officer has declared a Prevention Zone to help protect poultry from a strain of Avian Flu in Europe.

The Government Chief Vet has declared a Prevention Zone introducing enhanced biosecurity requirements for poultry and captive birds, helping protect them from a strain of avian flu circulating in mainland Europe. The zone covers England and will remain in place for 30 days.

Keepers of poultry and other captive birds are now required to keep their birds indoors, or take appropriate steps to keep them separate from wild birds.

Outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N8) have been confirmed in poultry and wild birds in several countries across Europe. No cases of H5N8 have been found in the UK and this order is a precautionary measure to help prevent potential infection from wild birds.

Public Health England (PHE) advises that the threat to human health remains very low.

Defra is continuing to monitor the situation closely and has increased its surveillance activity, while keepers are being urged to reinforce biosecurity measures on their premises.

Chief Veterinary Officer Nigel Gibbens said:

While no cases of H5N8 avian flu have been found in the UK, and PHEadvises the public health threat is low, we are closely monitoring the situation across Europe and have scaled up surveillance in response to the heightened risk.

As a precaution, and to allow time for poultry and captive bird keepers to put in place appropriate biosecurity measures, we have declared a 30-day Prevention Zone to reduce the risk of infection from wild birds.

Even when birds are housed a risk of infection remains so this must be coupled with good biosecurity – for example disinfecting clothing and equipment, reducing poultry movement and minimising contact between poultry and wild birds.

Poultry keepers are advised to 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. They can help prevent avian flu by maintaining good biosecurity on their premises, including:

  • cleansing and disinfecting clothing, footwear, equipment and vehicles before and after contact with poultry – if practical, use disposable protective clothing
  • reducing the movement of people, vehicles or equipment to and from areas where poultry are kept to minimise contamination from manure, slurry and other products and using effective vermin control
  • thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting housing at the end of a production cycle
  • keeping fresh disinfectant at the right concentration at all points where people should use it, such as farm entrances and before entering poultry housing or enclosures
  • minimising direct and indirect contact between poultry and wild birds, including making sure all feed and water is not accessible to wild birds

Further information

  • Since 3 November, highly pathogenic avian influenza of subtype H5N8 has been found in dead wild birds in Austria, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the Russian Federation. These outbreaks have affected various wild bird species, including Tufted Ducks (Aythya fuligula), Common Pochard (Aythya ferina), gull species, wild geese, wild swans and various other wild waterfowl and raptors. Read the latest outbreak assessment or sign up to our Alerts Service to keep up to date with the latest news.
  • Clinical signs that poultry keepers should look for in their birds include a swollen head, discolouration of neck and throat, loss of appetite, respiratory distress, diarrhoea and fewer eggs laid – although these vary between species of bird.
  • Where avian influenza (or Newcastle Disease) is not strongly suspected, but cannot be ruled out, poultry keepers may wish to liaise with their private veterinarian about using the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) ‘testing for exclusion’ regime in GB. This involves submitting samples to a testing service at the APHA’s National Reference Laboratory, Weybridge and can help detect a notifiable avian disease at the earliest opportunity for such cases.
  • Wild bird surveillance activity in Great Britain has been increased. If poultry keepers or the general public find dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or gulls, or five or more dead wild birds of other species in the same location, they should report them to the Defra helpline.