19 March 2021: The risk of avian influenza to both wild and kept birds has reduced to ‘medium’. The Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) requiring enhanced biosecurity will remain in force but Wednesday 31 March 2021 will be the last day poultry and other captive birds will need to be housed (housing restrictions end 23:59 31 March 2021). Bird gatherings are still prohibited. High standards of biosecurity remain essential as infection may still be present in the environment.
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.
No cases have yet been seen in our area (West Lancashire) but it is a high risk area due to the high number of water fowl that migrate here for the winter.
All our birds were brought indoors in mid November this year due to the wet weather. we are able to keep over 1000 full grown peafowl in doors all winter.
DEFRA have brought in country wide restrictions on gatherings of birds for shows and sales or like wise.
There is also a countrywide ban on keeping any captive birds outside. So lowering the chance of any contact with wild birds.
Captive birds are birds that come inside to roost at night, or are kept in a pen with on cover provided for them to roost. Go to DEFRA website for more details.
Preventative Action Against Avian Flu
To lower this chance even further we would advice that all birds should be fed indoors and no birds fed on the ground. Clearing all wasted feed and lowering the chances of birds wasting food. Lower the amount of feed in feed trays at any one time.
Water should be kept well up off the ground and inside where ever possible. If outside it should have a cover over it stopping anything from falling in it. (faeces from birds flying over head.)
NIPPLE DRINKERS WITHOUT CATCH TRAYS ARE THE SAFEST WAY TO WATER YOUR BIRDS.
No standing water should be aloud gather in pens or in doors.
If your birds roosting house is to small to have them inside all the time consider covering a small area with tin or plastic and chicken wire sides directly outside your roosting house.
Go to DEFRA website for more details