Bird Proofing To Protect From Avian Influenza (Bird Flu)14/3/2022
Avian Influenza or Bird Flu can is a virulent disease that can be spread through the droppings of wild birds which can easily contaminate unsecured feed or bedding stores, passing the virus to poultry.
Nationally the risk of an outbreak in poultry is now considered ‘high’ recently updated from ‘medium’.
Our range of Econoblinds and Windbreaks are the perfect solution to birdproof these stores. They are easy to fit, robust and made with the patented Secure cover netting, which is a non-fray, UV Stable and designed to fit the most common shed sizes.
Not only do they protect against wild birds, but they protect against the sun, rain, wind, hail & snow.
A bird flu infection can lead to the culling of flocks and exclusion zones (AIPZs) at a significant financial cost to the operator and other operators in the area.
If you are already operating in an AIPZ you are required by DEFRA to follow the below protocol
AIPZ in England
The AIPZ in England means that bird keepers must:
- house or net all poultry and captive birds to keep them separate from wild birds
- cleanse and disinfect clothing, footwear, equipment and vehicles before and after contact with poultry and captive birds – if practical, use disposable protective clothing
- reduce the movement of people, vehicles or equipment to and from areas where poultry and captive birds are kept, to minimise contamination from manure, slurry and other products, and use effective vermin control
- thoroughly cleanse and disinfect housing on a continuous basis
- keep fresh disinfectant at the right concentration at all farm and poultry housing entry and exit points
- minimise direct and indirect contact between poultry and captive birds and wild birds, including making sure all feed and water is not accessible to wild birds
You can read more information on the latest update here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu
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