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bodger

Just had a visit.

Avian Flu. For my non chicken keeping friends, due to the Avian Flu outbreak we're currently experiencing here in the UK, poultry keepers have by law, been required to bring all their chickens indoors and away from any contact with wild birds. This has been the case for the last month and restrictions aren't due to end until at least the end of February.
Anyway. I've just had a visit from Trading Standards officers. Yesterday they'd been contacted by DEFRA to tell them to go round and check the registered poultry keepers in the area.
I gave them a guided tour of my poultry and they seemed more than happy with the housing that I've provided for my chickens.
Then I showed them my geese and ducks which were free ranging and went on to inform them of the conversation that I'd had a few weeks earlier with the vets at DEFRA.
To recap, on welfare grounds I was told that my geese could be let out full time as long as I made sure that their food and water was out of the wild birds way and that similarly I could let the ducks out for a few hours a day with the same conditions.
It'll be interesting to see if they get back to me on this.
Without grassing anyone up in the village, I told them that there were at least four flocks within a few hundred yards of us that were still on free range. I wouldn't have told them where they were even if I'd been asked but they didn't seem interested at all.
It struck me that this was just a paper exercise and that they were only interested in crossing registered flocks off their jobs to do list.
Yorkshire Geordie

I'll bet that Trading Standards were a bit peeved that DEFRA kicked their bums to get some action done!  
That's presuming that DEFRA can pull rank on them in the first place.
Any road up, if they weren't intersted in checking at the outset why should they be interested now?
More than my job's worth, mate!  
Martyn
Mo

I'm guessing this is because you've had reported cases in your vicinity even though you're outside of the wotsit zone.
bodger

The one dead duck that they found in Conway is at least fifty miles away. TS are the agency that do all the checking and inspecting of just about everything on farms. This guy came about 12 months ago to check on something with regards to my pigs and animal feed.
bodger

Its just been pointed out to me that maybe I should have told them to clear off. Going from poultry establishment to poultry establishment is a sure fired way of spreading any potential risk. They certainly didn't disinfect their foot wear before coming onto  or leaving my premises.
Dave C

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