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Avian Influenza H5N8 (Bird Flu). Update: May 2017.
From the 15th May 2017 a new Avian Influenza Protection Zone (AIPZ) has been put in place covering the districts of Barrow-in-Furness, South Lakeland, Lancaster, Blackpool, Wyre, Fylde, Preston, Sefton, West Lancashire, South Ribble and Chorley. The risk in these parts of Lancashire, Cumbria and Merseyside is considered higher because the region is home to significant wild waterfowl populations and there have been previous outbreaks of H5N8 throughout this area. Recent cases in backyard flocks provide evidence that infection is still either circulating in wild resident birds or present in the environment. Old Holly Farm falls within this zone, which means we must manage our chickens following Defra guidance. It also means that we still can’t have chicks on the farm. Please note: we have not had any cases of Avian Flu on our farm.
DEFRA will continue to review all disease control measures based on the latest scientific evidence and veterinary advice.
Public Health England advise that the risk to public health is very low. The Food Standards Agency say that bird flu does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers. It is still safe to visit open farms within these areas.
For more information please visit the Defra website
We are normally VERY free range chickens, and love our little coupe in the paddock. The team are doing a great job of keeping us safe and are being well looked after whilst we are being housed away. The farmer moves our coupe around the paddocks so we get to have fresh paddock to explore. See if you can spot the little box on the side of our coupe, this special little box is solar powered and opens and closes our door when the sun rises and sets, meaning the farmer doesn’t have to worry about us getting to bed on time. You can buy our eggs from the farm shop and we’re told they taste delicious.