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    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.
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    Autodoor issues

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

    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.
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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)
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    The Weather Thread #9

    It was trying to snow here at 6am this morning. Cold and wet now.
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    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!
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    The Weather Thread #9

    Was lovely here too yesterday cold though. Today is vile..... rain and thrashing wind
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    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.
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    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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    FOX ATTACKS

    All good advice above. I was looking at my own classic yesterday after reading your post and struggle to understand how a fox could get hold of chooks under the door if it is properly fastened. Especially as my flocks tend to move away form any potential attacker, rather than towards the run mesh. I would lay slabs or a hard base under any run anyhow, and then slabs or sleepers on top of the skirting. Electrifying is a good choice too - a few zaps from that might teach it a lesson. Sadly, in urban environment, folks feed foxes, which then become very tame and bold. A friend who lives rurally also has a gun licence and rifle - they've more or less eradicated (for now) the foxes which were bothering their chooks.
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    Is it possible to rat proof?

    It is difficult to totally rat-proof any run/coop as they can squeeze through quite small holes, but sturdy weldmesh of not more than an inch gauge will help. I have never seen any sight of rats, but do have precautionary bait boxes around the place.
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    FOX ATTACKS

    I agree That's a horrific attack, and I haven't heard of that modus operandi before
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    When Do You Decorate?

    Lovely tree PL. My Christmases are much smaller now and very cosy - gone are the days of a houseful and 10 for Christmas lunch. Rosie is down from Edinburgh, which will be lovely. There will be a family Christmas day, except for my sister's family as she doesn't come to my house. On boxing day, Rosie has some time with her dad (see how long she lasts) and I have a load of ex-pat friends over - none of them have family in the UK or are alone, and it's tradition that each person brings something to cook, we have a massive lunch, then argue over Scrabble.
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    When Do You Decorate?

    That's lovely Cat tails I put mine up 2 weeks before Christmas, if I get time, and they come down after my birthday on New Year's day. I love the festive season, but in small doses.
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    The Weather Thread #9

    It is already icy here. A tree surgeon friend tells me that it will snow next week!!!!!
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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    Woohoo, excellent news - sniff its head from me.
  23. A friend has something similar in their garden (for growing veg) and it's certainly not fox proof - I wouldn't bother.
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    The Weather Thread #9

    It has been very icy here too - lovely this morning - the sun rising through the mist over frosty fields.... and the mud has frozen up!
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    Aubiose - new product for chickens

    That's interesting feedback, thanks Lydia.👍🏼

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