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
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.