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Avian Flu Prevention Zone 2018, Our Action Plan


hello, it’s the 18th of January and
I’ve just seen online that DEFRA, that is the Department for the Environment
Farming and Rural Affairs, and if I haven’t got that right I’ll leave it
up above. DEFRA have announced a prevention zone, an avian flu prevention
zonet for the whole of England.Now I think it’s fairly safe to assume that
although cases of avian flu have not yet been found in Wales Scotland and
Northern Ireland but that those prevention measures are likely to
follow suit. Obviously I don’t know that, but I live in Wales and I am really
quite close to England so I’m going to work on the basis that that is the case.
I think that one of the most important things is that people don’t panic. We
have a whole lot of panicking last year, me included or possibly me especially,
and there’s no need to panic. It is actually very simple to put these
measures in place, if you just do them methodically. It needn’t cost a lot of
money, if you go online and have a look, you’ll find that there are an awful
lot of people sharing photographs of their of their setup and the problems
they’ve had and how they overcame them. But the other thing is for people not to
be complacent and to say Well they are only pets or it doesn’t apply to me. It
absolutely does applies to all of us. So what does that mean? It means that
whether you are a backyard poultry keeper who has two pet birds, whether
they’re ducks or hens or geese or turkeys, whatever they are, if you have any two of
them or even just one, and they are a pet or whether you have 20 million of them
and I’m picking figures at the air, these measures apply to you equally.
If you have more than (correction) 500 birds there are additional measures, but
these measures apply to everyone in England at the moment and I’m assuming
it will be UK wide very soon. You will need to increase your biosecurity
measures so that will include foot dips, her foot baths for your shoes or your
boots, on your way in and your way out of your poultry housing and sanitizing
stuff to make sure that you can clean your hands after you have been in and
before you go in and handle your birds. It means that their food and their water
should be kept in under cover where there is less access and it’s a
deterrent for wild birds to be able to access them. And for us, I’m going to
assume that it will go into full lockdown and that the birds will need to
be kept under some sort of cover. Now they’re not saying that at the moment,
but I would rather work on the basis of worst case scenario than just, well
never mind. So here,
Elvis’s flock, we’re in the stables, so in the chicken condo now,
they will be shut in here, they’ll then have access to the covered walkway and
the hint is in the name, it is covered, there is no access to wild birds
once I shut that door, that’ll stop them getting out in the field, and shut the
pop hole so they can’t get I to the stable they’re in an enclosed space that
I can’t be accessed by wild birds. And their food and water are also
under cover. And the gate at the back of the covered walkway, I am gonna shut, but not right now. I’ll show you what happens
but until all the birds are in the walkway, there’s no point me locking the
door because I’m knocking them out. So they’re now stuck in the walkway
as you can see, very cross and as soon as they are all in in bed in the shed
tonight, I will then lock all this down so
that from the morning they are stuck in in the covered walkway and the
stable. Now it’s still really windy here so I don’t know how much you can hear.
But again as in Elvis’s field, I’ve been creating that covered walkway for
them or the covered pen, for quite some time now. So that when this happens
we were almost, orl very almost ready to deal with them being shut in. So what
will happen in Big White’s flock is that they will be here, in the chicken
palace, just shut in here for a few days while I finish getting the covered
run sorted out for them. It’s three quarters done. We did know that it was
very likely that there would be some sort of a lockdown this winte,r so we’ve
been building it and getting it covered with debris netting which is enough to
stop any wild bird poop coming through and also denies access to the wild birds
to getting in at the food. And of course both of our chicken flocks are fed from
hanging feeders, which actively discourage vermin because they can’t
reach it and their water at the moment is, they’ve got one bucket over there and
there is one bucket outside under the covers but I’ll be bringing that in
while they’re shut in here and then once they’re allowed out, under those covers,
that other lot of water will also remain in here, because it just
discourages wild birds from having any access to it. Things for the ducks will change a
little bit. We have been planning for what would happen, we didn’t want to
build anything until there was definitely a lockdown because it’s just
cumbersome and chunky, So in the meantime the three boys that are left in the
duckling pen will go into a small house with covered run that has been covered,
well it’s permanently covered, so it’s been covered all year so they’ll go in
there and then the ducks will go into the duckling pen during
the day. They’re not going to like it, but hey, you know, it is what it is. So they’ll
go in there, we’ll have, well there’s a very shallow little bowl for them to use
for washing, they’ll have buckets of water and we’ll create a covered walkway,
from the duckling pen all the way down to their house to march them up and
down. We might actually just leave it there during the day so they have
access to walk through that. And then, at our leisure, we will construct a a large
pallet and netting affair, a big pen It’ll only be three feet high. the
height of the pallet, it’ll have netting around the outside of it to prevent
birds getting in and the debris netting over the top of it, but it will then, we
hope, enclose the pond so that they can still access their pond which is, you
know, their favorite thing to do and if we get clever we can build some sort of
tunnel from their pond up to the duckling house so that they can have
just more space. Hopefully the lockdown situation won’t last too
long and, as I say, at the moment at the point of recording, which is mid-afternoon or
mid to late afternoon, it is is only for England and it is increased biosecurity
measures, but for us, we are going to go into the equivalent of a full lockdown,
so when that happens we are confident that we have got everything in place that
should be, that any ground that the birds are accessing hasn’t been accessed by
wild birds for a while. Job’s a good’un. This strain of avian flu
isn’t the same as the one we had last year and as yet there are confirmed
cases in Dorset and some under investigation in, either Worcestershire
or Warwickshire, and please don’t quote me on that because I only glanced very
quickly at where it was, but this announcement has been made and it’s
actually really easy to get panicky about it and we don’t need to. We don’t
need to get panicky, but, you know, we have had quite a lot of warnings and quite a
lot of information to get ready. And the notice to get ready has been happening
since August last year so hopefully, hopefully we’ve all got something in
place that we can put into practice and, you know, and I expect most people who
like me still have bits to do because you don’t want to do the final parts
until you’ve absolutely got to. But, as when I came outside to start filming,
as I said, it was the heightened biosecurity and I’m going to take that
to mean getting birds under at least cover, but no doubt the head vet
will will be telling us a little more in the next couple of days. So I’ll be
watching the news, just the same as everyone else. If you’re enjoying my vlogs.
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12 thoughts on “Avian Flu Prevention Zone 2018, Our Action Plan

  1. Sounds like you have been planning all year which is smart when you have as many birds as you do. Good luck and I hope they dont have to go on lock down but if they do i know they will still be happy to have the covered walk ways fro fresh air.

  2. Congratulations on making 1K subscribers! Planning ahead is going to make life less stressful for you two. Thanks for showing us your setup.

  3. As for Scotland – "not intend to implement a prevention zone in Scotland "at this stage". But we are monitoring the situation. Good bio security is relevant throughout the year imho.

  4. Well done. Thank you.
    How large is your duck pond? I ask because, though I am in the US (Washington State), it's quite likely there will be a quarantine here as well. My pond is about 20 ft x 80 ft. (~6m x 24m) and I cannot imagine how to enclose it at the moment.

  5. I'm glad that you are ahead of the game with the birds housing and outdoor covers. You will have less to worry about. Hope all stays well with the birds. As well as you and Mr. J. Take care.

  6. Oh I feel for you. Last winter we had several finds on the lake next to us so we had to lock down completely. I.e. in a coop – no covered walkways allowed. Which was ok because I had bantums at the time. My australorps may find it a bit tight without a run – so fingers crossed…..

  7. I think it's something to prepare for every year then if/when they put things into effect there's no rushing to get it done, it's certainly helped you having things just about finished. I hope all goes well, that everyone stays healthy.

    Lots of love to you and MrJ

  8. Thank you liz for this very good video. You've made it very clear and easy to understand what we need to do
    I appreciate you taking the time to take us through step by step. I hope all your birds will be safe and sound. Xx💗

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