Mandatory bird housing measures to be lifted from May 2

Mandatory bird housing measures to be lifted from May 2

The mandatory housing measures for poultry and captive birds, which were introduced across the United Kingdom to help stop the spread of bird flu, will be lifted from 00:01 on Monday 2 May 2022.

Poultry and other captive birds will no longer need to be housed, unless they are in a Protection Zone, and will be allowed to be kept outside.

The enhanced biosecurity requirements that were brought in as part of the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) will remain in force as infection may still be circulating in the environment for several more weeks.

Anyone intending to allow birds outside is advised to prepare outside areas by cleaning and disinfecting hard surfaces, fencing off ponds or standing water and reintroducing wild bird deterrents.

The Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) will remain in force across the UK, with only the housing measures component being lifted from Monday 2nd May.

This means all bird keepers must be diligent in continuing to take effective and precautionary biosecurity measures.

Please remain vigilant for any signs of disease in your own birds and any wild birds and seek prompt advice from a vet if you have any concerns.

Posted: Wed, 27 Apr 2022 13:08 by Parish Council

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