BE PRE­PARED THIS WIN­TER

Your Chickens - - Contents - Si­mon McEwan, Editor

Will bird flu re­stric­tions be im­posed on chicken keep­ers again this win­ter? No-one knows yet, and even the Govern­ment’s Chief Vet is hedg­ing his bets.

In an ar­ti­cle for Your Chick­ens, Pro­fes­sor Nigel Gibbens said we can’t say how likely the dis­ease is to re­turn this win­ter, but we have to be pre­pared for the pos­si­bil­ity.

Pro­fes­sor Gibbens says he re­alises the mea­sures im­posed last win­ter posed a chal­lenge to those who keep chick­ens, but he said their co­op­er­a­tion was a cru­cial part of the ef­forts to con­trol the dis­ease. He ap­peals to us all to re­main vig­i­lant, take pre­cau­tions and ob­serve good biose­cu­rity mea­sures. Full re­port: Pages 42-45

BUY­ING BIRDS

How much should you ex­pect to pay when buy­ing chick­ens? Not supris­ingly, this is one of the most com­mon ques­tions peo­ple ask when they get started. The an­swer, though, is not that all that straight­for­ward, par­tic­u­larly with pure breeds. Read what ex­pe­ri­enced poul­try­men have to say on the sub­ject on pages 6-9.

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