There is a constant threat of a bird flu out break. But in the U.K it is more likely to break out in the winter since birds are migrating to England for winter. So we should always be careful and aware of avian influenza. Here are some tips to prevent your flock being affected by the flu…
- Make sure that wild birds and waterfowl can’t get into contact with your flock. Wether this means keep in them in spacious ventilated sheds or even just making a temporary netted run to keep out wild birds.
- Keeping the feeders and waters under cover and making them unecssesable by wild birds is vital.
- If you can cover the area you keep your birds in with a roofing material such as tarpaulin to prevent birds droppings falling into your coop.
- Keep your coop clean and use disinfectant.
- Wash your foot wear and any and vehicles before entering the area you keep your birds.
- Try not to Intergrate too many new birds from markets as markets are perfect places for bird flu to be distributed.
- Contact your vet if any birds as seeming poorly even if you think it may not be th Flu.
- Try to deter rodents.
- Keep your birds entertained when kept enclosed ~ See Here on how to hentertain your flock.
Hopefully there will not be any out breaks this year but keep updated by DEFRA .