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  1. The Dogmother

    The Weather Thread #9

    Apart from a spat of rain this morning, it has been lovely here today - very wet and muddy though. I have been outside most of the day.
  2. The Dogmother

    Autodoor issues

    I have heard of a few problems with most of the brands of auto doors.
  3. The Dogmother

    The Weather Thread #9

    We have had a day of contrary weather; nice enough first thing, followed by 2 hours of gales and torrential rain, then sunshine and bitingly cold wind. I got the dogs out to walk with a friend in the sun and it was truly lovely, although we were both togged up. It is now raining again, but the stove has been roaring away and all is snug indoors.
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    AI - first outbreak for 2019

    Edict from on high..... It has been confirmed by the Chief Veterinary Officer that Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza (LPAI) is present in the UK. An outbreak has occurred at a broiler breeder unit in Suffolk housing 27,000 birds: · Defra has confirmed a case of H5 LPAI in a 27,000 broiler breeder unit in Suffolk. This is the first case of notifiable AI in a commercial poultry flock in the UK since 13th February 2017 · The birds will be culled on site in the coming days · Defra has put in place a 1km LPAI Restricted Zone · The Declaration and map can be accessed here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/851328/declaration-of-low-path-RZ-IP1-RZ.pdf · The only clinical signs were a drop in egg production. Mortality is at normal levels and birds’ feed and water consumption was normal. Reduced egg production has subsequently spread to all sheds on site · The epidemiological investigation is ongoing. Initial thoughts are that this is a spill-over from wild birds · Defra have issued a press notice available on gov.uk · Public Health England have confirmed that the public health risk is very low and the occupational health risk is low, but are providing advice to anyone that has come into contact with the birds · This is the first case of AI in commercial poultry since 13/02/17 (HP H5N8). The last case in poultry in the UK was in a backyard flock on 03/06/17 (these two cases were part of the 13 cases of H5N8 in the December 2016-June 2017 outbreak)
  5. The Dogmother

    The Weather Thread #9

    It was trying to snow here at 6am this morning. Cold and wet now.
  6. The Dogmother

    The Weather Thread #9

    We had those roaring squalls and rain too Val - I was working at home in the evening, house quiet, and wondered what on earth was making that racket!
  7. The Dogmother

    AI - first outbreak for 2019

    Cost! Same as with the newer generation of their housing.
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    AI - first outbreak for 2019

    Make sure that the sides are protected as well Hellis. My runs have clear tarps which extend down the sides; prevents water ingress, but also the possibility of any wild bird droppings getting in. TBH my runs have these covers on all year. Folks, do make sure that you keep separate footwear for the garden and don't wear it off-site.... say, for walking the dogs. I often walk along rivers or on wetlands, so have boots in the car, which don't get used at home.
  9. The Dogmother

    AI - first outbreak for 2019

    If you look on the DEFRA site, there are signs and symptoms listed there. The important thing is to protect your birds from contamination and contact with waterfowl. Prepare your run so that they can be accommodated when we have a lock down. They will be spending extra time in the run, so you will need to stock up on ground sanitising powder and Aubiose to allow for the extra mucking out.
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    AI - first outbreak for 2019

    If there is another outbreak, I would imagine that DEFRA will throw up a prevention zone, so I suggest that everyone keeps updated on their website. Their automated texts seem to come out about 24 hours after any news announcements, so not massively helpful.
  11. The Dogmother

    AI - first outbreak for 2019

    Bird flu detected at farm in Suffolk https://f7td5.app.goo.gl/WTMRvG Be vigilant, keep your eyes on the DEFRA site for alerts. Keep your flock healthy and stress-free. Use Viratec P to disinfect boots, feeders and drinkers. Make sure that your run has a clear, waterproof cover, so you can get your birds under cover pronto if needed. This run must more than big enough to accommodate all your birds.
  12. The Dogmother

    FOX ATTACKS

    Looking at my run - pics below taken in the dark this morning - there's no gap between the run threshold and door, and the kickboard i have added further protects it as well as preventing the litter being kicked out.
  13. The Dogmother

    The Weather Thread #9

    Was lovely here too yesterday cold though. Today is vile..... rain and thrashing wind
  14. The Dogmother

    FOX ATTACKS

    Can't really see the photo properly on my phone, but perhaps you need a kickboard inside the door.... i have a 6" high board across the inside of the threshold and held in place with a brick. It stops their Aubiose litter from escaping. It will be dark when i get back, but i will try to get a photo for you.
  15. The Dogmother

    The Weather Thread #9

    It has been thrashing about here all night, with increasing ferocity - off out in a minute to walk the dogs and survey any damage. Luckily, the leaves are all off the trees, so they won't be as likely to uproot.

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