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TELL US ABOUT YOUR BIRDS
Staff at the Epidemiology Research Unit at Inverness are inviting people who keep poultry on a small scale in their garden, small holding or farmyard, to respond to a survey.
This survey, which targets keepers of between 1 and 50 birds of any species, seeks to explore poultry-keepers’ attitudes to the management and welfare of their birds and how they utilise the eggs and/or meat produced. The results will provide a clearer insight of the distribution and numbers of birds which are not registered by commercial producers so that plans for disease outbreaks, should they occur, can be effectively implemented. This work is funded by Scottish Government through its Strategic Research Programme.
Avian Influenza (“Bird Flu”) has now been confirmed on a Turkey farm in Lincolnshire. It is the same highly pathogenic strain that has been affecting birds across Europe this winter. It is now a legal requirement to house domestic birds, or making provision to stop contact with wild birds. For more information please follow the following link to information on our website, or contact the surgery and ask to speak to Chris.
The Prevention Zone Housing Order requires all poultry and captive birds, INCLUDING PET/BACKYARD CHICKENS AND AVIARIES to be housed or, where it is not practicable to do so, requires steps to be taken to keep them separate from wild birds. If you keep your birds near your home, consider housing them in alternative accommodation, such as a garden building, a garage or redundant building that could be adapted to house your birds temporarily. Remember to check for, and remove, hazardous and toxic substances such as rat bait, and make sure the birds have access to water and somewhere to perch. You must also practice good biosecurity - for example disinfecting footwear and equipment and washing clothing after contact with birds. Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) is the more serious type. It is often fatal in birds. The main clinical signs of HPAI in birds are:
If you have any further queries please contact the surgery and speak to Chris
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