Avian Influenza Update: Mandatory Housing of poultry and captive birds

As of Monday the 29th of November, the all Wales Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (which has been in place since the 3rd of November) has been extended and it is now mandatory to house poultry and captive birds. These measures, alongside existing biosecurity rules, will help minimise the risk of Avian Influenza spreading from wild birds to kept birds:

  • House or net all poultry and captive birds to keep them separate from wild birds
  • Cleanse and disinfect clothing, footwear, equipment and vehicles before and after contact with poultry and captive birds – if practical, use disposable protective clothing
  • Reduce the movement of people, vehicles or equipment to and from areas where poultry and captive birds are kept, to minimise contamination from manure, slurry and other products, and use effective vermin control
  • Thoroughly cleanse and disinfect housing on a continuous basis
  • Keep fresh disinfectant at the right concentration at all farm and poultry housing entry and exit points
  • Minimise direct and indirect contact between poultry and captive birds and wild birds, including making sure all feed and water is not accessible to wild birds

Public health advice and food standards bodies advise that the risk to human health and food safety risk for UK consumers is very low.

If you are suspicious of Avian Influenza infection within your flock you should call the following Wales only line: 0300 303 8268.

Dead wild birds that are found should be reported via the DEFRA helpline on 03459 33 55 77.

For further information please visit: https://gov.wales/avian-influenza