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It’s back already! Very early in the season. Makes me think it never really was gone this season.

First case found again here in the Netherlands on a poultry farm. 
All commercial poultry farms need to keep chickens indoors. All other keepers of poultry n ed to shield their birds from contact with wild birds.

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We're running our flocks down now, so not replacing losses and not breeding anymore. Ultimately we'll just have egg layers considered 'disposable', which is very sad because we've loved keeping chickens as pets. The rules here are birds are destroyed within a radius of infection and no exceptions and it seems AI is here to stay.

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On 10/26/2021 at 5:11 PM, Cat tails said:

It’s back already! Very early in the season. Makes me think it never really was gone this season.

First case found again here in the Netherlands on a poultry farm. 
All commercial poultry farms need to keep chickens indoors. All other keepers of poultry n ed to shield their birds from contact with wild birds.

F**k

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I’ve attached a clear tarpaulin tent to the chicken’s run so that they can have a bit of extra ground. So long as the open end is covered with fine mesh and there are no gaps to let anything in, I’m assuming that this counts as ‘indoors’, the same as a covered run?

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They can have an outdoor area as long as it’s netted. I’ve bought a 20m by 12m piece of bird mesh so that’s what I’m doing this time.

This is copied directly from the DEFRA website

Poultry keepers must now do the following:

  • house or net all poultry and captive birds to keep them separate from wild birds
  • cleanse and disinfect clothing, footwear, equipment and vehicles before and after contact with poultry and captive birds – if practical, use disposable protective clothing
  • reduce the movement of people, vehicles or equipment to and from areas where poultry and captive birds are kept, to minimise contamination from manure, slurry and other products, and use effective vermin control
  • thoroughly cleanse and disinfect housing on a continuous basis
  • keep fresh disinfectant at the right concentration at all farm and poultry housing entry and exit points
  • minimise direct and indirect contact between poultry and captive birds and wild birds, including making sure all feed and water is not accessible to wild birds

 

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