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In­sight from our man in the sticks

As new mem­bers of our lo­cal As­so­ci­a­tion de Avi­cul­ture, we are think­ing of show­ing our Ja­panese ban­tam chick­ens this sum­mer but have just been told that we would need to have them vac­ci­nated (against ‘bird flu’ pre­sum­ably) be­fore we can. As we’re against un­nec­es­sary vac­ci­na­tion of any kind, what are your thoughts? Francesca Mur­ray

The sub­ject of rou­tine vac­ci­na­tions is a tricky one for some. It is, how­ever, a sit­u­a­tion most of us ac­cept when it comes to im­mu­nis­ing our chil­dren, pets and many forms of live­stock. Show­ing poul­try in France is an un­doubt­edly plea­sur­able ex­pe­ri­ence from which one can learn a great deal. There is, though, an el­e­ment of risk when poul­try/chick­ens or in­deed any live­stock is brought from sev­eral places and put all un­der one roof. As I un­der­stand it, the manda­tory vac­ci­nat­ing of chick­ens be­fore be­ing able to par­tic­i­pate is, among other things, in­tended to lessen the risk of dis­ease such as you men­tion (Avian Flu) and also New­cas­tle Dis­ease – both of which are ‘no­ti­fi­able’.

Vac­ci­nated or not, it is al­ways a sen­si­ble pre­cau­tion to iso­late any newly pur­chased birds from your ex­ist­ing flock for a few days be­fore in­tro­duc­ing them and to keep an eye out for any po­ten­tial prob­lems dur­ing that time. Like­wise (and even though they have been vac­ci­nated in order to com­pete), when bring­ing your own birds back from a show where they have been in con­tact with oth­ers.

Show­ing poul­try in France may ne­ces­si­tate them be­ing vac­ci­nated

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