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Bird Flu Update from 1 March

Extract from DEFRA Guidance on Avian Flu:

From 1 March – 30 April what poultry keepers must do depends on whether they are in one of these areas:

1. Check if you’re in a Higher Risk Area

Check on our interactive map if your premises is within a Higher Risk Area (HRA). We only consider that you’re in an HRA if the whole of your premises is within the HRA.

2. If you’re not in an Higher Risk Area

You can allow birds outdoors into fenced areas provided the areas meet certain conditions:

  • you have made the areas unattractive to wild birds, for example by netting ponds, and by removing wild bird food sources
  • you have taken action to reduce any existing contamination, such as cleansing and disinfecting concrete areas, you have fenced off wet or boggy areas
  • you have assessed the risk of birds coming into contact with wild birds or contamination from them

Our guidance explains what you must do before you start allowing birds outdoors.

You can still keep your birds housed (in permanent or temporary sheds), or in a fenced run which is wholly covered by netting.

3. If you are in a Higher Risk Area

You must either:

(a) keep your birds housed, in permanent or temporary sheds; or

(b) allow birds outdoors but only into a fenced run which is fully covered by netting

Our guidance explains this in more detail.

4. If you’ve got more than 500 birds

If you keep more than 500 birds you must take some extra biosecurity measures. These include identifying clearly defined areas where access by non-essential people and vehicles is restricted. You must clean and disinfect vehicles, equipment and footwear. Our guidance explains this in more detail.

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