Avian flu

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Avian flu

Postby Sloe-Gin » December 13th, 2016, 8:51 am

We have 5 free ranging chooks, who can also be confined to a cage 'run'.
Wild birds can easily fly through the bars (and pinch some tasty treats on the way!).
Hub wants to keep them confined during this avian flu outbreak, but I've said that they are probably at as much risk in the cage as out.

What are you chicken keeps doing please and have you any suggestions as to keeping them safe?
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Re: Avian flu

Postby StokeySue » December 13th, 2016, 8:57 am

I'd probably cage as it will reduce contact with migrating wild ducks, which are the high risk contacts according to the guy from DEFRA I saw on the TV; also you then know which area to disinfect
Ideally you are actually supposed to keep them indoors, and if not to be stringent about hygiene (disinfecting willies etc.)

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-measures-to-protect-poultry-against-avian-flu
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Re: Avian flu

Postby smitch » December 13th, 2016, 9:45 am

StokeySue wrote: (disinfecting willies etc.)


:shock: :shock: That seems a bit extreme! :lol:
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Re: Avian flu

Postby StokeySue » December 13th, 2016, 9:57 am

smitch wrote:
StokeySue wrote: (disinfecting willies etc.)


:shock: :shock: That seems a bit extreme! :lol:


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Re: Avian flu

Postby suffolk » December 13th, 2016, 10:14 am

I don't have chooks any more, but as you know I used to keep free range hens. I would definitely keep them caged - it's an awful strain of avian flu - whole commercial flocks of free range hens have been lost in France - and it's not just about keeping your own hens safe, it's about preventing the spread and mutation of the strain - and it really does depend on as many people as possible pulling together so it doesn't get any worse.

My fear is that if the disease takes hold in the UK farmers will find it uneconomic to continue to produce free range eggs and poultry :shock: :(
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Re: Avian flu

Postby Sloe-Gin » December 13th, 2016, 11:23 am

The ladies are protesting and queuing near the gate to go out, but I shall keep them in for now and try and cover the top of the cage with something.
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Re: Avian flu

Postby Sloe-Gin » December 13th, 2016, 12:00 pm

I have cleaned them out and checked their willies.
Surprisingly, I was unable to find them!

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Re: Avian flu

Postby suffolk » December 13th, 2016, 12:03 pm

Ma used to hang sprout stalks in the pen to keep the hens amused if the had to be confined for any reason ( minus most of the sprouts of course) :D
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