Cop­ing with bird flu mea­sures

Your Chickens - - Feature | Poultry Business -

All poul­try keep­ers are cur­rently obliged to keep their birds in­doors or un­der cover, and abide by other mea­sures, to stop the spread of bird flu. How have the re­stric­tions on poul­try af­fected Char­lotte’s busi­ness?

“It’s for­tu­nate I’m not heav­ily stocked at the mo­ment. Nearly all 2016’s hatch have been sold so we’re down to 200-300 birds. We’ve got two large poly­tun­nels (one year-round where hens usu­ally come and go) where we deep-lit­ter till re­stric­tions are lifted, straw be­ing per­fect for that. We don’t usu­ally deep-lit­ter but, with them all in­side, I’d be clean­ing all day if I didn’t and it risks birds es­cap­ing from their pens.

“We’re com­bin­ing straw with Stalosan F dis­in­fec­tant pow­der to re­duce am­mo­nia. I’ve bought cau­li­flower and broc­coli for them to pick at, which helps limit bul­ly­ing. We have foot baths at each house/pen en­trance so we don’t walk dis­ease in on feet and wheel­bar­rows; the lat­ter are sprayed with dis­in­fec­tant af­ter each out­door use. I’d re­ally stress to keep­ers, big or small, the im­por­tance of com­ply­ing with the re­stric­tions. Do­ing so will help stop the spread of bird flu in do­mes­tic flocks and keep our birds safe.”

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