A very beautiful moment
Restrictions placed on bird keepers to prevent the spread of bird flu will remain in place until the end of April, the Scottish government has said.
Poultry and captive birds must be housed indoors until 28 February but can be let outside after that providing “enhanced biosecurity” is put in place.
The Avian Influenza Prevention Zone was declared in December.
It followed an outbreak of bird flu among turkeys at a farm in Lincolnshire.
More than 5,000 birds at the farm in Louth were diagnosed with the H5N8 strain of avian flu.
The disease has also caused the deaths of wild birds and poultry in 14 European countries.
Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said the prevention zone, which is designed to minimise the risk of infection from wild birds, would continue to apply to the whole of Scotland, with no targeting of specific areas.
The minister said all keepers must keep their birds indoors until 28 February, or take “appropriate practical steps” to keep them separate from wild birds.
After that, the birds can be let out doors provided certain measures are put in place. These include:
- Making sure that birds’ feed and water cannot be accessed by wild birds
- Avoiding transfer of contamination between premises by cleansing and disinfecting equipment, vehicles and footwear
- Reducing the movement of people, vehicles or equipment to and from areas where poultry or captive birds are kept
- Implementing effective vermin control around buildings where poultry or captive birds are kept
- Providing wash facilities or dips containing approved disinfectant at key points
There have been no known cases of bird flu in domestic poultry or captive birds in Scotland, but several have been confirmed in England and Wales.
A UK-wide ban on poultry shows and gatherings remains in force.
Introduction to Forest Gardening Workshop Weekend
8-9 April 2017 ~ 10 – 4 : Kintaline Farm. Benderloch, Argyll
Forest gardening is a clever way to design a beautiful garden with the highest yields possible while requiring very little work. This is achieved by allowing the ecosystem to take care of the fertility, pestcontrol, digging and weeding. The main human tasks are to harvest and enjoy the beauty.
This is possible because forest gardens are designed along the principles of how a natural forest thrives without much human intervention.
Does this sound interesting enough to check it out?
Ludwig Appeltans from Earth Ways, will lead us in to a Forest Garden workshop where we learn how Forest Gardens are and the basics of how to design your own.
This workshop is open to all – whether you have somewhere to work on, or still dreaming of a future project.
At Kintaline we are very much in our very first stages, adapting what is here towards a more productive but low input system that will sustain us as we get older.
The costs will run on a sliding scale to enable and support all who want to join, while respecting the experience and work involved in leading and hosting the workshop.
Found this little felted darling in the farm gate box .. clever customers too .. isn’t he adorable? #felted robin
The UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer has confirmed H5N8 avian flu in a flock of farmed breeding pheasants at a premises in Wyre, Lancashire. A 3km Protection Zone and a 10km Surveillance Zone have been put in place around the infected premises to limit the risk of the disease spreading.
The flock is estimated to contain approximately 10,000 birds. A number have died and the remaining live birds at the premises are being humanely culled. A full investigation is under way to determine the source of the infection. Public Health England advise that the risk to public health from the virus is very low and the Food Standards Agency is clear that bird flu does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers.
Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza strain H5N8
With far more activity of wild birds becoming obvious it is important to create a disinfectant bath outside your henhouse and run – you can take the infected wild bird poo in on your boots.
6 Jan 2017 Yorkshire – https://www.gov.uk/government/news/avian-flu-confirmed-in-backyard-flock-in-yorkshire
4 Jan 2017 – Slimbridge incident – 4 dead birds but no cull – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-38511845
4 Jan 2017 wild birds found with H5N8 in Merseyside but little other information http://www.southportvisiter.co.uk/news/southport-west-lancs/merseyside-warning-over-bird-flu-12398298
An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone that has been in place since 6 December will be extended until 28 February to help protect poultry and captive birds from avian flu, the Chief Veterinary Officer has announced. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/avian-flu-prevention-zone-extended
if anyone needs help or advice, we are happy to help.
OFC17: Potential bird flu threat due to backyard poultry keepers failing to follow safety rules – Farming UK News
3 Jan 2017 – Bird flu in domestic birds in Wales – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-38500195
23 Dec 2016 – Bird of prey with H5N8 likely from eating infected migratory bird – Dumfries and Galloway – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-38421831
Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy : http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/infectious-disease-topics/avian-influenza-bird-flu#news
Government news status – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu#latest-situation
If a flock of birds are infected then the healthy birds of that flock will also be culled
There is then further movement restrictions locally in the area.
You should have a container by your poultry house to be able to dunk your wellies in as you go in and out – use a disinfectant like Virkon from your vets – it comes in sachets.
If anyone wants housing please get in touch – we are extending our 10% December offer for another month www.kintaline.co.uk/hen-houses
For folk in Argyll we have a small number of ex display houses in stock at a further discount for collection only
Entertaining birds in confinement
- Growing sprouting seeds can be useful to entertain and feed your birds – alfalfa is a very good feed, but also just wheat too
- Soaking Grass pellets (and alfalfa pellets)
- hang up fruit and veggies – some cut up and some whole
- use different kinds of feeders so there is choice and variety
- use layers meal – this takes longer to eat
- Give them bales of hay and straw to clamber on, and to hide behind .. poles across them to use for activity
- Give ducks and geese enough water to be able to immerse their heads – kids sand pits are ideal
- treats like meal worms and Henblox (we have both in stock for sale)
- hang reflective discs – like the old computer CD’s we used to get sent !
- DON’T use wild bird foods like sunflower seeds, or peanuts, or suet balls etc – all these are for birds with high energy demands and eating them can seriously damage the liver of productive birds.
- keep the ground clean beneath the birds with sawdust from mills, shavings, bark, and leaves from woodland.
- (weeds from your garden they love but there is a risk
Covering a run area – and remember the run does nto have to be TALL .. just high enough for the birds to be comfortable
Options that people are using –
- marquees and gazebos with netting sides
- using sheds / livestock trailers / barns and buildings
- fruit cages with plastic over the top
- use fence posts to make an extra big run, bird netting and thin plastic
- You can do netting – do a double layer and trap thin plastic between them.
- run panels – http://www.kintaline.co.uk/hen-houses/hurdles.html
Putting feed and water away is NOT enough to save your birds nor to comply.
AND .. this is likely to happen again next winter as it takes time for these HP AI viruses to go away and so it is worth investing time and effort into making space for your birds.
There are plenty of places who sell fence posts .. and with wire and string across the top with netting / plastic / netting sandwich it is pssible to give birds some decent areas.
Use shavings / sawdust / bark / leaves to cover muddy areas
For those who do not believe domestic birds need protecting please check the incidences in Mainland Europe as over there it is MAINLY backyard birds who are being infected.
The restrictions will likely be lifted as the migratory birds go north and east BUT .. we need plan ahead over the summer as this is VERY likely to come back again next season. That is the pattern in the past.
This is a particularly virulent virus – and for us, is carried in migratory waterfowl in the main.
It is vitally important we do not let this virus get established into the domestic flocks and wild bird populations in this country – Highly Pathogentic Avian Influenza H5N8 does not, as it exists currently, pose any problems to the human population but HPAI strains that are allowed to get established are far more likely to mutate into a strain that COULD THEN create a pandemic human flu virus ! .. as well as having this virus in amongst our wild birds would constantly compromise our domestic and commercial birds. So – please make all the efforts necessary to protect your birds and so to protect our flocks in the future.
Highly Pathogenic AI does not easiy become endemic in the population because of the deaths of other birds when in contact with any infection. These extreme measures are aimed at helping to keep the virus at bay.
The weather has not helped us – the mild November did not move the migratory birds on from feeding grounds in Europe, and then the December gales kept birds away – the January extension of the lockdown suggests that the experts are expecting significant numbers of migratory wild fowl to come in to the UK yet. . and there is so much of the virus in the western seaboard of continental Europe that the risk is high.
This virus has travelled from China – through Russia (and through a southern route via Asia) into the northern parts of Continental Europe with migratory birds. It has taken several years and it can take several years before this particular strain peters out. So we need to be prepared to set up better pens to do the same thing next year.
If you see birds left outside and you want to report them you need to contact your councils Senior Animal Health and Welfare Officer
Joe Kirk – Senior Agricultural Officer (Poultry)
Poultry Unit |Directorate for Agriculture, Food & Rural Communities |P1 Spur, Saughton House |Broomhouse Drive |Edinburgh EH11 3XD |0300 2449857 |07917 052293
Avian Influenza Update – Extension to Housing Order – Please see details below
If you are not already signed up – I would encourage you to sign up to the APHA text/email alerts at http://animalhealth.system-message.co.uk/AH_subscribe_index.php
You may wish to note a Scottish Government press release notifying bird keepers that the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone requiring all poultry and captive bird keepers to apply heightened biosecurity including keep their birds indoors, if possible, or otherwise separated from wild birds, will remain in force until 00:01 on 28 February 2017.
An AI Prevention Zone was first declared from 6 December 2016 until 17:00 on 6 January 2017. Since then, the risk level for Avian Influenza incursions into flocks in the UK has been raised to ‘low to medium’ for poultry or captive birds, and ‘high’ for wild birds. Cases of HPAI H5N8 have also been confirmed in poultry in Lincolnshire in England and Carmarthenshire in Wales, as well as wild birds across Great Britain (including a peregrine falcon found in Dumfries and Galloway).
In light of these confirmed cases across Great Britain and the increased risk levels, Scottish Ministers have decided that a further zone should be declared lasting until 28 February 2017. Zones in effect in England and Wales have also been renewed for the same period. The ban on gatherings of poultry, game birds and waterfowl also remains in force. Further information about the current situation, including a Q&A on the Prevention Zone, is available at www.gov.scot/avianinfluenza.
Bird keepers in Scotland are reminded of the importance of excellent biosecurity and anyone who suspects an animal may be affected by a notifiable disease must report it to their local Animal Plant & Health Agency office. Contact details can be found at www.defra.gov.uk/ahvla-en/about-us/contact-us/field-services/
You may wish to pass this alert on as appropriate.
Nadine Arber | Policy Officer
Exotic Diseases branch | Animal Health and Welfare Division (P Spur)
Directorate for Agriculture Food and Rural Communities | Scottish Government
Saughton House, Broomhouse Drive, Edinburgh, EH11 3XD
Tel +44(0)300 244 9795
Fax +44(0)300 244 9797
IDeas to help to entertain and feed your birds in enforced captivity
Sprouted seeds : peas and beans / cress and alfalfa / grass seed – whatever you have or can get
Henblox – for sale at Kintaline
soaked Grass nuts – for sale at Kintaline
Fruit and veggies
Leaves from woodland
Straw and bark under foot
Old lumps of wood
hi and can we wish you all a Very Happy New Year.
I was hoping to be writing this with a clear week or so since the last avian influenza incidence in the UK .. instead it is with the news that we are all on lockdown until the 28th FEBRUARY !!!
An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone that has been in place since 6 December will be extended until 28 February to help protect poultry and captive birds from avian flu, the Chief Veterinary Officer has announced.
The zone requires keepers of poultry and other captive birds to continue to keep their birds indoors, or take appropriate practical steps to keep them separate from wild birds.
It covers England and similar declarations have been made in Scotland and Wales. There is also a GB-wide ban on poultry shows and gatherings.
We have still got layers meal in stock – and will try and get more for next week – this takes the birds longer to eaat so helps to keep them entertained.
We are feeding our birds grass pellets soaked up which they are enjoying – we could make up small bags if you are interested
We also have bags of meal worms – 250 g and 500g
For those of you concerned about birds being on the same ground we have bags of layers pellets with Vermex in – this is a natural wormer.
We have plenty of bedding – so you can cover ground with that as well as their houses ..
if you would like other ideas or need advice, do not hesitate to get in touch.
If you are needing any feeds I will be adding to the order today that comes in next week ..
The powers that be clearly consider we are at a real and present risk of more migratory birds coming into the UK from the continent where there is still significant outbreaks of bird flu. . this is not something they would do to us all lightly.
Some people have expressed concerns about neighbours not complying ..
the Person to report these things to is
Senior Animal Health and Welfare Officer
Argyll & Bute Council HQ
As Twelfth Night approaches, the light returns, and the New Year heralds new beginnings.