DEFRA – poultry to be kept in until 28 February

a useful link for knowing the outbreaks and risk factors.

This is certainly tough times for us all and keeping the large birds under cover is not something any of us enjoy doing.  With the source of the outbreak being in wild birds it is unpredictable where it will strike next.  There has only been two instances in ‘kept’ poultry to date but several places have cases of dead wild birds.

There are lots of conflicting reports and panic about this outbreak but in reality by keeping our own birds safe inside with good bio-security we should all get through and the turkeys will soon be out in the spring sun!

From trawling the internet and conversations there are various ways people are covering up from completely covering up a small house and run for chickens with tragic results to poly-tunnels, using debris netting, heavy duty gezebos.

REMEMBER -what ever you are using to protect your turkeys they need good airflow. Make sure the water and feed is by the entrance to eliminate entering the sheds and spreading the virus.  Use foot baths, and give your birds treats such as fruits, cabbage.  Try and clean the bedding as often as possible there are some good powder sanitizers that can be sprinkled over the litter to help eliminate the ammonia and bugs.