PRO­TECT­ING OUR POUL­TRY

Your Chickens - - Contents - Si­mon McEwan, Editor

An an­nounce­ment by the Chief Vet on De­cem­ber 6 should act as a wake-up call for all poul­try keep­ers. His dec­la­ra­tion of a 30-day avian flu ‘Pre­ven­tion Zone’ in the UK was a pru­dent move. It has been clear for some time that bird flu is a threat to all do­mes­tic poul­try, and it has be­come a ma­jor prob­lem on the Con­ti­nent. An out­break was later re­ported in Lin­colnshire and all poul­try shows were sus­pended. It was not clear, as we went to print, whether the pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sures would be ex­tended. How­ever, we ex­plain them fully on pages 10-12, and give de­tailed ad­vice on what ac­tion you, as back gar­den hen­keep­ers, should take. Even if the of­fi­cial pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sures are lifted, it is im­por­tant that all poul­try keep­ers are aware of the im­por­tance of good biose­cu­rity. They key thing is to try and prevent wild birds and their fae­ces com­ing into con­tact with our chick­ens. We, and the larger com­mer­cial breed­ers, just need to use com­mon sense and take re­spon­si­ble ac­tion.

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