Wednesday, 14 December 2016

6 Top Tips To Help Your Hens Survive The Bird Flu Rules

With the news of the Bird Flu Prevention Zone declared by the Government Chief Veterinary Officer, we thought we could help answer some of the questions you might have. 

Mother Hen protecting her chicks from Bird Flu

After taking some simple measures from last week's blog Avian Flu - Advice for Poultry Keepers, here are our top tips to help you and your poultry survive the remaining days of the bird flu bio security requirements.

Bird Flu - What to do

  1. Disinfect house and run weekly. Add a footbath.
  2. Use plenty of absorbent bedding to keep birds dry.
  3. Sprinkle BioDri or Stalosan to absorb moisture and sanitise the house. 
  4. Hang boredom busters and pecking blocks to prevent boredom and feather pecking. 
  5. Put a good layer of wood chip in their run, don’t leave them to scratch around on bare earth.
  6. Create an enclosed area and cover roof with tarpaulin, rainshades or large PVC sheets

Brahama Chickens enjoying treats at Flyte So Fancy
Keep your birds occupied and reduce
boredom during the current Bird Flu
restrictions by providing pecking treats.
Creating a simple footbath for Bird Flu prevention
Create a simple footbath using a
tub trug and some Virkon S Disinfectant

Bird Flu - What to use
Keep your henhouse smelling sweet
You can use Stalosan powder throughout the
hen house to keep it sanitised, sweet smelling
and to absorb excessive moisture

Bird Flu - What you need to know

Including Why the restrictions and for how long? And what to look for.
  1. Outbreaks of H5N8 Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) have been confirmed in poultry and wild birds across Europe. No cases yet in the UK
  2. The Exclusion zone remains in place until 6th January 2017 and may be renewed if the danger has not passed.
  3. All poultry keepers must keep their birds housed and under-cover to minimise risk of infection from wild birds.
  4. This is a precautionary action to help prevent outbreaks in the UK.
  5. Increased bio security measures should be in place. This includes disinfecting clothing and footwear before and after entering poultry areas e.g. wear disposable gloves/coveralls and add a footbath outside the run area filled with Virkon S disinfectant
  6. Symptoms to look out for: - Swollen head; neck and throat discolouration; loss of appetite; respiratory distress; diarrhoea. If in doubt, call your vet.

Symptoms of Avian Flu and further guidance can be found here.

If you have any concerns about the health of your poultry, seek prompt advice from your vet.

For poultry supplies delivered to your door visit our Flyte So Fancy website here We are doing our very best to stock everything you need to keep your flock happy and healthy until this risk has passed.  If you need guidance about which products to choose, please do give us a call on 01300 345229.

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