In response to the continued, heightened risk of the highly pathogenic avian flu, the existing Avian Influenza Prevention Zones will remain in force until 28 February.
Poultry and captive wild bird keepers must continue to house their birds, where practicable, maintain their biosecurity and keep a close watch on the health of their birds.
In light of recent, confirmed cases of H5N8 in Great Britain, the extension of this order is a precautionary measure to help prevent infection from wild birds. The ban on poultry gatherings is still in place and will be reviewed according to the level of risk.
Further details, including the measures applying in the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone, can be found at gov.uk, gov.scot and gov.wales
Keepers of poultry and other captive birds are required to keep their birds indoors, or take appropriate steps to keep them separate from wild birds such as:
• Preventing direct and indirect contact between poultry and wild birds.
• Ensuring that food and water cannot be accessed by wild birds or rodents.
• Cleaning and disinfection of equipment, vehicles and footwear as well as reducing movement from areas where poultry are kept.
We are asking clients to remain vigilant in monitoring their animals. The main clinical signs in birds are:
• Swollen head
• Blue discolouration of neck and throat
• Loss of appetite
• Respiratory distress such as gaping beak, coughing, sneezing, gurgling, rattling
• Fewer eggs laid