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All poul­try and cap­tive bird keepers in Eng­land must com­ply with a set of min­i­mum biose­cu­rity stan­dards whether in the HRAs or out­side them, and re­gard­less of flock size (ad­di­tional mea­sures are re­quired to be taken for flocks over 500 birds). These are

Re­duc­ing the move­ment of peo­ple, ve­hi­cles or equip­ment to and from ar­eas where poul­try are kept;

Tak­ing all rea­son­able pre­cau­tions to avoid the trans­fer of con­tam­i­na­tion be­tween premises, in­clud­ing cleans­ing and dis­in­fec­tion of equip­ment, ve­hi­cles and footwear;

Keep­ing do­mes­tic ducks and geese sep­a­rated from other species (for ex­am­ple by keep­ing them in sep­a­rate runs or sheds);

En­sur­ing feed, wa­ter and bed­ding has not been con­tam­i­nated by or been in con­tact with wild birds and in par­tic­u­lar gulls and wa­ter­fowl;

Im­ple­ment­ing ef­fec­tive ver­min con­trol where poul­try or cap­tive birds are kept. (Keepers must en­sure that all HSE guid­ance is fol­lowed. Best prac­tice guid­ance is avail­able from the Cam­paign for Re­spon­si­ble Ro­den­ti­cide Use.);

Records must be kept of all ve­hi­cles and peo­ple that en­ter the part of a premises where poul­try are kept. (This is not a re­quire­ment for fa­cil­i­ties open to the pub­lic. This only ap­plies to peo­ple that have had di­rect con­tact with birds and will en­able us to trace any con­tact with other birds in the event of a disease out­break. This is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant for any­one who is not an em­ployee or a fam­ily mem­ber).

Plac­ing foot dips & boot brush con­tain­ing a De­fraap­proved gen­eral poul­try or­der dis­in­fec­tant at the en­try of all houses and out­door ar­eas/range where birds are kept (manda­tory for all poul­try keepers with more than 50 birds.)

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