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Northern Polytunnels’ Top Tips For Preventing Bird Flu

17th May 2017

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Avian influenza (bird flu) is a disease of birds. The H5N8 strain of the disease has been found in the UK in farmed and wild birds since December 2016. As well as being found in several different types of poultry, the same strain of the virus has also occured in wild birds in England, Scotland and Wales. The Farmers Guardian has reported that it is highly likely that Bird Flu will be a recurring issue to affect the UK over the next few years.

Looking after your flock and making sure they are safe is fairly simple. Keep them, including their feed and water, indoors whilst restrictions are in place. Contamination may occur from infected wild birds, such as through droppings or by sharing a water or feed source. If a suitable shed or barn is not available, a covered run is an adequate alternative. This can either be a solid roof or just a layer of polythene to stop contamination from above. Cages and netted polytunnels are amongst the most popular options.

Northern Polytunnels supply heavy-duty fruit cages which make an ideal low-cost run, made from galvanised steel and high-strength netting. Available via their website from £159.
For furter information go to northernpolytunnels.co.uk or give them a call on 01282 873 120.

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