Avian Flu Prevention Zone affects Bromley poultry keepers

Published Friday, 9 December 2016

Keepers of poultry are being reminded that they now need to keep their birds indoors or take appropriate steps to keep them separate from wild birds.

The 30 day Prevention Zone, which started on 6 December, which covers the whole of England, was issued by the Chief Veterinary Officer to help protect poultry from a strain of Avian Flu in Europe.

“Residents may well have read about this in the national media and they need to mindful that the order affects all poultry owners.  If you keep a few chickens in the back garden for instance, you are affected and should take steps to keep them separate from wild birds. Whilst this is a matter for Government and specifically DEFRA, we’re aware that in our Borough, lots of people do keep a few chickens  and we want to make sure that those residents are aware too” said Councillor Kate Lymer, Executive Councillor for Public Protection and Safety. 

Further information is available from the GOV.UK website (Defra) where users can also sign up for the latest alerts.

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