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Bird flu confirmed near Woodbridge - Here's what you need to know if you keep birds

There have been 5 cases of bird flu in Suffolk this month confirmed by DEFRA. Due to these outbreaks there have been 3km protection and 10km Surveillance zones set up, you can check these on this map from DEFRA

If you are within a protection or surveillance zone you must comply with the requirements set out in this document. It is very important you are familiar with these requirements.

Outside of these zones all keepers of poultry either backyard or commercial should be aware of the need to increase biosecurity measures. As of 29th November 2021 all poultry keepers must now do the following

  • Feed and water your chickens in enclosed areas to keep them separate from wild birds

  • House and net all poultry to keep them separate from wild birds.

  • Minimise movement in and out of bird enclosures

  • Clean and disinfect footwear and keep housing as clean as possible

There are the symptoms to look out for;

  • A swollen head

  • Blue discolouration of neck and head

  • Loss of appetite

  • Respiratory distress such as gaping, coughing or sneezing

  • Less eggs being laid

  • Sudden death

It is worth bearing in mind that these are common symptoms and can be something much less serious. If you have any concerns contact your vet for advice prior to arriving at a clinic.

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