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Defra Rules from 1st March

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DEFRA have now published the rules that will be in place from 1st March.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-measures-to-protect-against-avian-flu

 

"High Risk Areas" are all over the country, usually fairly close to water. Check the DEFRA postcode map to see if you are in a high risk area.

 

Even if you are not in a hugh risk area, you cannot just let your Grls out. There are strict measures you must take beforehand (and you must continue to do). LInks are available in the DEFRa post.

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Defra is England regulations - Scotland is different

 

Avian Influenza Prevention Zone in Scotland

 

The Avian Influenza Prevention Zone announced on 4 January 2017 continues to apply until 00:01 on 28 February 2017. As part of the current requirements of the zone, all poultry and captive birds in Scotland must be kept indoors or otherwise kept separate from wild birds, and bird keepers must also apply heightened biosecurity measures where practical.

 

From 00:01 on 28 February 2017, the requirements of the zone will change when a new Avian Influenza Prevention Zone will come into effect in Scotland, meaning that keepers may let their birds out from 28 Feb provided that they have enhanced biosecurity measures in place.

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Can I ask if there are special rules regarding disposal of dead chickens because of the avian flu?

 

My girls have been kept under cover, but one of my oldest, Martha, has slowed way down,and I think her trip to the giant coop in the sky is not far away.

 

I'm in Scotland. Thanks.

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The general defra advice is to double bag and bin a carcass, however, if you suspect that she's died of anything transmittable, then the vet ought to see the bagged carcass. Otherwise, i would pop it in the incinerator.

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Thanks for the quick response.

They were all making a fuss just now, so I went outside to check, and Martha had a mouse. Maybe she's not quite so near death as I thought!

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:lol: She was playing possum! Maybe she was doing a heron thing and pretending to be still enough to catch the mouse unawares - then pounced!

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