Avian Flu: Update for Poultry Producers
The Prevention Zone period has now been extended to 28th February 2017. The latest information is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/avian-influenza-bird-flu-in-winter-2016-to-2017. The Defra Rural Services Helpline (03000 200 301) is available for poultry guidance or if you need to report a possible disease outbreak.
Keepers of poultry and other captive birds are required to keep their birds indoors, or take appropriate steps to keep them separate from wild birds. This includes all organic flocks.
Where poultry are kept indoors due to restrictions imposed by the Chief Vet on the basis of European Community legislation, they will not lose their organic status but they must have permanent access to sufficient quantities of roughage to enable foraging and other suitable material that will allow them to express normal behaviour. This will help to prevent the onset of welfare problems. The Featherwel website has a number of ideas for foraging enrichment in the poultry house.