19 March 2021: The risk of avian influenza to both wild and kept birds has reduced to ‘medium’. The Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) requiring enhanced biosecurity will remain in force but Wednesday 31 March 2021 will be the last day poultry and other captive birds will need to be housed (housing restrictions end 23:59 31 March 2021). Bird gatherings are still prohibited.
High standards of biosecurity remain essential as infection may still be present in the environment.
What this means for you:
Prepare your birds for ranging. Give them more and more greens each day to help your birds adapt to eating their fill of leaves in the garden. Give your birds some probiotics the day of release to help their gut bacteria adapt to the change in diet.
Net or cover ponds and keep pet birds away from water which might attract waterfowl or have attracted waterfowl while they have been protected so might remain contaminated.
Fence off ponds, streams, standing water or wet or boggy areas for the reason above.
Remove any wild bird feed sources from areas where your birds will be ranging. Feed them elsewhere, away from our birds, or lend your feeder to your neighbour.
Use range sanitiser.
Celebrate and enjoy watching them go out!
For more advice: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/971244/advice-to-poultry-keepers-preparing-range.pdf