PROTECTING OUR POULTRY
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.