Wild bird farmers and keepers of birds have been encouraged to prepare for the winter threat of Avian Influenza
March 27 Nov 2018
Chief Veterinary Officers across the UK encourage all poultry keepers to act at present to reduce the risk of winter disease
Since June 2017, there have been no defects of bird flu in poultry or birds kept in the UK and the UK has retained its OIE liberty status since September 2017.
There are some simple measures that every bird keeper, who runs a large commercial farm, keeps a few birds in their back garden or raises game birds, takes them to protect their animals against the threat of bird flu during the winter months. These include:
- Keep the area where birds live clean and tidy, control rats and mice and regularly disinfect any hard surfaces. Clean shoes before and after visits.
- Place bird food and fish in fully enclosed areas protected from wild birds, and remove any feeding after regular loss.
- Place a fence around outdoor areas where birds are allowed and limit their access to ponds or areas visited by wildfowl.
- Where possible avoid avoiding ducks and geese with other poultry species.
- For poultry keepers in England, Wales and Scotland, join the free APHA service to receive text or email alerts to any UK avian influenza. In Northern Ireland, all bird keepers are encouraged to subscribe to a free text warning service by writing BIRDS & # 39; i 67300.
These measures are particularly important if you are close to one of the Great Britain High Risk Areas. You can check if you are in an Advanced Risk Area using our interactive maps.
A joint statement by each of the four Chief Veterinary Officer in the UK today said:
"Avian flu continues to circulate in many parts of the world and, with the cooler months, the risk of diseases of migrant birds is increasing. It is essential that all poultry keeper, including birds game and pet birds, now operate to reduce the risk of transferring avian flu to herds.
"Good biosecurity should always be maintained, including cleaning and disinfection and the area where you regularly keep birds and separate them from wild birds wherever possible.
"Keepers should also ensure that they register on the Great Britain Poultry Register and we are pleased that new forms are now in place to streamline this process. Keepers in Northern Ireland must register their birds on the DAERA Bird Register. now be completed and to submit online. "
All bird Rangers throughout Britain should also register their seeds on the Great Britain Poultry Register (GBPR). If you have 50 or more birds, this is a legal requirement, although keepers with fewer than 50 birds are also encouraged to register. Newer streamlined and easy-to-use forms will accelerate the process this year.
In Northern Ireland, there is a legal requirement for all bird keepers to register each bird on the DAERA Bird Register, except for pet birds kept at the owner's home.
Registration of birds means that the government can contact you in the case of cases and provide information on the steps taken to limit the chances of your birds receiving the disease.
Last winter, HPAI HPAI stress from bird flu was only found in wild birds and there were no cases of domestic birds, either in commercial or small holdings. Although there have been no findings in the UK since June 2018, the virus continues to circulate in wild birds in North Europe (including Denmark and Germany) and has caused cases in poultry. In addition, the HPAN H5N8 virus continues to circulate in Eastern Europe, highlighting the need to keep it vigilant.
The Government continues to monitor bird flu deficiency and works with poultry bird and game industries; re-occupation of old and pure and traditional poultry breeds to help prevent attacks.
You can visit the Avian Influenza page by clicking here.