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Bird flu 2020-2021

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Bird flu crops up every year when commercial flocks are infected by migrating wild birds. We haven’t had a bad outbreak since 2017, and since then have escaped the requirement to keep all our poultry under cover. However, we still need to be vigilant, following news of an outbreak in Kent. This strain doesn’t appear to be particularly virulent or dangerous to humans, but all infected birds would have to be culled and an exclusion zone set up around the premises, whether it occurred at a large farm or in a small garden flock. So it would be good if we all read the DEFRA advice on biosecurity in the links below. The last thing we want is lockdown for our precious birds!
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/avia ... -kent-farm

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.u ... eaflet.pdf
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There's an outbreak in Cheshire too on a farm selling hatching eggs. Think the report said 14,000 birds culled.
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Today we’ve received notification that a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu has been found both in domestic flocks and in wild birds. Hence a Protection Zone has been declared for England, Scotland and Wales.
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See https://www.thegrocer.co.uk/eggs-and-po ... 92.article
If possible, protect your birds by keeping them enclosed and under cover, and away from any contact with wild birds or their droppings. If lockdown regulations do come into force for poultry we shall all have to do this anyway.
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Bird flu Update !!!

All birds must be under cover from the 14th Dec.

Update 3 December 2020: The Chief Veterinary Officers for England, Scotland and Wales have agreed to bring in new measures to help protect poultry and captive birds. The new housing measures announced on the 3 December 2020, which will come into force on the 14 December 2020, mean that it will be a legal requirement for all bird keepers to keep their birds indoors and to follow strict biosecurity measures in order to limit the spread of and eradicate the disease.

These housing measures build on the strengthened biosecurity regulations that were brought in as part of the Avian Influenza Protection Zone (AIPZ) on 11 November 2020. The AIPZ means all bird keepers (whether they have pet birds, commercial flocks or just a few birds in a backyard flock) are required by law to take a range of biosecurity precautions.

Further details of the measures that apply in the AIPZ can be found in the AIPZ declaration and our biosecurity guidance.

Government Chief Veterinary Officers are encouraging bird keepers to use the next 11 days to prepare for new housing measures, including taking steps to safeguard animal welfare, consult their vet and where necessary put up additional housing.

To assist all bird keepers we have updated the biosecurity guidance and published a new self-assessment biosecurity checklist.

The decision to implement the housing measures from 12:01am on the 14 November 2020 in addition to the current AIPZ measures has been made in light of evidence from the continent and ongoing high numbers of findings among wild bird populations in England. The risk of incursion of avian influenza has been increased to very high for wild birds and medium for poultry with high biosecurity and high for poultry with poor biosecurity. Further details on the evidence which supported these decisions can be found in our risk assessments.
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Here’s the link to DEFRA advice https://www.gov.uk/government/news/avia ... e-declared

Also see this https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/ ... -crackdown

Basically, as is only too common every year in the migration season, we all have to use the time to arrange to pen our birds in accommodation which excludes wild birds, preferably solid roofed so that wild birds can’t perch on mesh or netting and poo through it, or shake feather flakes through it, on to the chickens in the run below. No free ranging is possible whilst the regulations apply.
If one of your birds become infected they will all have to be destroyed, as will any other poultry within an exclusion zone around the infected premises. So you might be responsible for the deaths of your neighbour’s poultry, or the livelihood of the chicken breeder or farmer just down the road, even if their birds appeared healthy and uninfected.
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Our birds have been in for a bit over two weeks now. We have two roofed runs, and the third is a mesh roof with tarp over it, the tarp had ripped in places, so that was replaced last week. They haven't been very happy, especially as they normally range far and wide, but it seemed pointless risking them for a couple of extra weeks when restrictions were already looming large.
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Our large run is partially covered already, but as that is insufficient, I have ordered some insect/bird netting, which we will have to fix onto the panels and over the top to stop the wild birds coming in, especially the cheeky robin. It was on the cards to try and cover it all with 1/2" wire mesh, but as it was too fiddly and it's not the weather to be out, that will be delayed until Spring.
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The BHWT have published an update on bird flu & why it's so important that we eliminate it from the UK and don't allow it to become endemic. The whole article is here, https://www.bhwt.org.uk/news/defra-invi ... eid=UNIQID on their website.

There have already been twice as many cases this winter as in the 2017 outbreak, so we can't afford to drop our guard. Our hens might be getting bored with being stuck in, but it's better than being dead :-(
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Thank you for that, Icemaiden. It sounds as if we’re helping to keep our resident wild birds safe, as well as our poultry, by carrying on with their lockdown as well as our own.
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