MEETING THE CHALLENGE
These are challenging times for henkeepers. All of us are directly affected by the restrictions imposed by DEFRA to try and halt the spread of bird flu. All domestic poultry must be kept indoors, or at least under cover. DEFRA also recommends a range of other measures to prevent domestic birds coming in contact with the wild birds, which carry the disease. The measures will be in place until at least February 28. Poultry shows have also been suspended.
Some henkeepers have adapted without too much difficulty, by rigging up temporary covers for their runs, or keeping their birds in sheds and garages, by ensuring that feed and drink is kept well away from wild birds, and by improving biosecurity.
In a special five-page report, on pages 6-10, we talk to poultry keepers across a wide spectrum to find out how they are coping. We also include a DEFRA factsheet on bird flu.
Let’s stay positive and trust that, by spring, this will be over!