As expected following the declaration of an Avian Prevention Zone across England, Wales has now (25 January 2018) been declared a prevention zone.
Whilst there are no reported cases of Avian Flu in Wales yet, Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths has taken action to mitigate the risk of infection by introducing an all Wales Avian Influenza Prevention Zone.
It’s well worth home keepers taking note and following the recommended precautions which can be found on the Welsh Government Website The information is available in both Welsh & English
The prevention zone will require all keepers of poultry and other captive birds, irrespective of how they are kept, to take appropriate and practicable steps, including:
- ensure the areas where birds are kept are not attractive to wild birds, for example, by netting ponds and by removing access to food sources
- keep your birds separate to and without access to areas where especially geese, ducks and gulls are present
- feed and water your birds in enclosed areas to discourage wild birds;
- minimise movement of people in and out of bird enclosures
- clean and disinfect footwear and keep areas where birds live clean and tidy
- reduce any existing contamination by cleansing and disinfecting concrete areas.