Avian Influenza - measures for poultry and captive birds to come into force from 29 November

Rothersthorpe, Rothersthorpe Parish Council


People who keep birds in West Northamptonshire will legally be required to keep them indoors from Monday (29 November) to minimise the risk of avian flu.

West Northamptonshire Council is issuing the reminder around the new laws which have come from the Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, following several cases of avian influenza across the UK in recent weeks.

From 29 November, bird keepers must:

  • 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

There is more information about the rule changes on the GOV.UK website.

Posted: Mon, 29 Nov 2021 13:28 by Frankie Gilkes

Tags: Animals, Environmental, News, Public Health, WNC