SOUTHMEAD POULTRY

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Omlet’s Eglu Go, and Go UP, plus poultry accessories, feed and hen boarding/holidays

We are based in Leatherhead, Surrey

Telephone (01372) 458320  or  07963 013597

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Updates and information about Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) in the UK and the DEFRA Prevention Zones

 

 

 

Updated 13th April 2017

 

From 13 April 2017, there is no longer a mandatory requirement to house or keep birds in fully netted areas within the Higher Risk Areas.  However, all poultry keepers must continue to take active steps to separate your birds from wild birds, in particular from wild ducks, geese and gulls.

 

Take measures to discourage wild birds (in particular ducks, geese and gulls) from using the areas you chicken roam, remove feeders and drinkers from free range areas to discourage wild birds from co-inhabiting their areas.

 

Make the area un-friendly to wild birds, ie do not put out feed for the wild birds, and fence/net off ponds and access to water.

 

See https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/608533/ai-prevention-zone-rules-from-13-april-2017.pdf for more information.

 

 

 

Updated 26th February 2017

 

Sadly, there have been more confirmed cases of the H5N8 strain of Avian Influenza in the UK.  These include cases in backyard flocks and commercial farms.  Unfortunately all the birds at these premises have had to be destroyed.

 

It is absolutely essential that all poultry keepers, whether you have 1 or 100,000 birds in a flock, adhere to the compulsory actions put in place by DEFRA to protect your flock and stop the spread of Avian Flu.

 

These cases can occur anywhere, and affect anyone's flock, therefore it is important that the DEFRA legislation is adhered to, and all birds are "housed".  Remember you have a legal obligation to comply and to keep your birds safe you can take the following steps:-

 

·       Keep all poultry inside an enclosed run, which has a covered roof (tarpaulin will do) to prevent wild birds or their droppings coming in to contact with your birds.

 

·       Have a DEFRA approved disinfectant foot bath at the gateway to your chicken pen. Virkon S is ideal as it is effective against Avian Influenza and is DEFRA approved.  You can buy this in small 50g sachets (currently in our shop for just £2.50) which will make up 5 litres of disinfectant that will remain effective for a week.

 

·       Keep the ground inside the chicken run dry and clean by putting down fresh Easichick or woodchip in your chicken run.

 

·       Use Agrisec 250 Plus inside your chicken coop to keep it dry and free from bacteria – it is a super absorbent sanitiser DEFRA approved disinfectant powder which will also remove any ammonia build up in the air.  Change the bedding regularly to ensure the hens have a dry, comfortable coop.  Make sure the house has plenty of ventilation as the hens will produce a lot of moisture overnight and even in winter, they do need fresh air to circulate. 

 

To relieve boredom in the run hang up treats, such as corn on the cob, cabbages or peck blocks.  If pecking does seem to become a problem use an anti-pecking spray to deter further bad behaviour.

 

If you have any questions or concerns about how to look after your hens please give us a call.  Keep up to date with developments from DEFRA use this link.  If you suspect your flock may have Bird Flu please contact APHA direct.  If you come across any dead wild birds, report them to the DEFRA helpline on 03459 33 55 77.  The whole of the UK is currently under a Prevention Zone, but if you live within 10km of a confirmed outbreak you will also fall within a Protection or Surveillance Zone.  Use this map to check where these areas are.

 

The symptoms to look out for in infected birds included a swollen head, blue discolouration of the neck and throat, loss of appetite, respiratory distress, diarrhoea, fewer eggs laid, increased mortality.  Unfortunately some of these symptoms are common during the winter months, or due to the extra stress felt by the birds because of being confined, but it is always better to get them looked over if you have concerns.

 

Those of us who are not poultry keepers can assist with the prevention of further spread by being sure to "report dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks), or other dead wild birds such as gulls or birds of prey, to the DEFRA helpline on 03459 33 55 77."

 

To try to help everyone we have plenty of the products in stock, we feel are most important to you during this lock-down.  This includes all sizes of Diatom, and Agrisec 250 Plus coop sanitising powder, Scarper anti-pecking spray, all sizes and flavours of peck blocks, Poultry Zest pellets, Poultry Spice and of course Virkon S disinfectant.