1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. Guest,

    All of us eat and drink every day, and many are skilled home cooks, yet often we forget to share our best recipes and money saving tips! So, why not make the most of our garden's produce, and our supermarket savvy by sharing recipes, hints, tips and money-saving ideas! Please come and join the discussion on how we can make the most of our knowledge, and get the most fun and inspiration!

    Recipes Sub-Forum Discussion


    Or, why not learn something from our very own resident CHEF!
    Dismiss Notice

Lock up your birds

Discussion in 'Livestock' started by NigelJ, Dec 7, 2016.

  1. NigelJ

    NigelJ Total Gardener

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2012
    Messages:
    1,209
    Gender:
    Male
    Occupation:
    Mad Scientist
    Location:
    Paignton Devon
    Ratings:
    +3,562
    • Informative Informative x 3
    • Like Like x 2
    • wiseowl

      wiseowl Friendly Owl Admin Staff Member

      Joined:
      Oct 29, 2006
      Messages:
      30,569
      Gender:
      Male
      Occupation:
      Philosophy of people
      Location:
      The Garden Of England
      Ratings:
      +46,922
      Its OK it doesen't include Owls;)
       
      • Like Like x 2
      • Funny Funny x 1
      • Creative Creative x 1
      • shiney

        shiney President, Grumpy Old Men's Club Staff Member

        Joined:
        Jul 3, 2006
        Messages:
        35,575
        Gender:
        Male
        Occupation:
        Retired - Last Century!!!
        Location:
        Herts/Essex border. Zone 8b
        Ratings:
        +53,122
        @"M" @Beckie76 (and others of you that I can't remember at the moment :noidea:) please take great care. Pets need to be kept away from the chickens as there is a possibility that they can pick up traces whilst out walking.

        Nearly 50 years ago our chickens died of fowl pest (we were living in a town in those days but they caught it from the straw that we bought for them) and had a 'fowl pest order' served on us. It was virtually impossible to follow all the precautions but one good one is to have disinfectant in a sprayer, or in a tray, and use it on your shoes every time you leave or return home.
         
        • Useful Useful x 2
        • Like Like x 1
        • Scrungee

          Scrungee Well known for it

          Joined:
          Dec 5, 2010
          Messages:
          12,732
          Location:
          Central England on heavy clay soil
          Ratings:
          +19,744
          Our hens' run is covered and fenced so wild bird and vermin free, but today, unless they get moved to their relatives who also have ducks before movement controls are introduced), I'll be helping some elderly neighbours rig up some tempoarary bird proof fencing for their ducks. We've had some disinfectant, etc. ready since the last scare.

          EDIT: Checked and I've got enough fencing to enclose those ducks and some rigid plastic sheeting to cover their feed and water, it's also in our interests to help them as out hens will be the first to be culled if their hens catch something. I'll have a clear out of runs/ houses and get everything to the plot before that gets banned.
           
          • Like Like x 5
            Last edited: Dec 7, 2016
          • Zigs

            Zigs Naughty Ginger Admin Staff Member

            Joined:
            Jun 10, 2010
            Messages:
            44,462
            Gender:
            Male
            Occupation:
            Historic Building Conservator
            Location:
            GCHQ Zone 9a Dorzet
            Ratings:
            +58,057
            I've txt'd Loli :thumbsup:
             
            • Like Like x 1
            • "M"

              "M" Total Gardener

              Joined:
              Aug 11, 2012
              Messages:
              17,801
              Location:
              The Garden of England
              Ratings:
              +29,664
              Mine are back to staying in their coop and run; they'll moan, but it will be worth it. :chicken:

              Good tip @shiney around the disinfectant spray :thumbsup: wouldn't have thought of that :doh:

              @Linz this will be your first time having to think about precautions, so do have a good read of the link Nigel kindly posted.
               
              • Like Like x 1
              • Friendly Friendly x 1
              • Jiffy

                Jiffy The Flame may go Out

                Joined:
                Aug 25, 2011
                Messages:
                6,088
                Occupation:
                Pyro, Flame chamer
                Location:
                Retired Right Next To The Bonfire in UK
                Ratings:
                +11,514
                Remember how foot and mouth spread from up top to down south,disinfectant should be part of the job not just for Christmas
                 
                • Like Like x 2
                • Agree Agree x 1
                • Scrungee

                  Scrungee Well known for it

                  Joined:
                  Dec 5, 2010
                  Messages:
                  12,732
                  Location:
                  Central England on heavy clay soil
                  Ratings:
                  +19,744
                  Our 3 elderly off the lay hens are having a brief holiday break at a relative's under cover hen accommodation whilst I sort out a proper run for our elderly neighbour's ducks who will be temporarily housed in our hens vacated bird proof run as they are too old and infirm to be capable of dealing with it and their only alternative would be to dispose of them.

                  NB All vegetarians, get some Quorn roast in your freezer ASAP, in case there's an Xmas Chicken/Turkey/Duck shortage and all the meat eaters start buying our veggie Xmas dinner alternatives.
                   
                  • Funny Funny x 3
                  • Agree Agree x 1
                    Last edited: Dec 8, 2016
                  • shiney

                    shiney President, Grumpy Old Men's Club Staff Member

                    Joined:
                    Jul 3, 2006
                    Messages:
                    35,575
                    Gender:
                    Male
                    Occupation:
                    Retired - Last Century!!!
                    Location:
                    Herts/Essex border. Zone 8b
                    Ratings:
                    +53,122
                    We're already Quorned up. :dbgrtmb:
                     
                    • Like Like x 1
                    • Linz

                      Linz Total Gardener

                      Joined:
                      Oct 7, 2015
                      Messages:
                      2,255
                      Gender:
                      Female
                      Occupation:
                      tea maker
                      Location:
                      S. Wales
                      Ratings:
                      +5,406
                      Thanks @"M" already done so, I'm on a poultry forum and a few chicken groups :dbgrtmb:
                       
                      • Like Like x 1
                      • Jiffy

                        Jiffy The Flame may go Out

                        Joined:
                        Aug 25, 2011
                        Messages:
                        6,088
                        Occupation:
                        Pyro, Flame chamer
                        Location:
                        Retired Right Next To The Bonfire in UK
                        Ratings:
                        +11,514
                        I see it only applys to some people that do things right, if you can't be bothered to comply with the rules, then don't have the hens :sad:
                         
                        • Agree Agree x 4
                        • Linz

                          Linz Total Gardener

                          Joined:
                          Oct 7, 2015
                          Messages:
                          2,255
                          Gender:
                          Female
                          Occupation:
                          tea maker
                          Location:
                          S. Wales
                          Ratings:
                          +5,406
                          Glad I didn't have plans to let mine out this side of xmas now!

                          Seen quite a few people saying "The rest of Europe isn't on lock-down so why should I bother" or to that effect, "If we get it, we get it" and a few slightly amusing pics of chooks "indoors" eating off the floor in peoples kitchens! Big 2 fingers up to Defra :whistle::nonofinger: :heehee:
                           
                          • Like Like x 1
                          • Jiffy

                            Jiffy The Flame may go Out

                            Joined:
                            Aug 25, 2011
                            Messages:
                            6,088
                            Occupation:
                            Pyro, Flame chamer
                            Location:
                            Retired Right Next To The Bonfire in UK
                            Ratings:
                            +11,514
                            If people don't bother with the rules and things happen then when it come to companstion i hope they don't get any, those that play by the rules should
                             
                            • Agree Agree x 3
                            • Like Like x 1
                            • silu

                              silu gardening easy...hmmm

                              Joined:
                              Oct 20, 2010
                              Messages:
                              2,933
                              Gender:
                              Female
                              Location:
                              Igloo
                              Ratings:
                              +6,011
                              Livid as I know somebody who is not complying with keeping their Ducks. Chickens, Geese and Guinea fowl indoors. Even worse they feed mostly outside, consequently attracting huge numbers of passing wild birds, especially Gulls.
                              I am positive they will know about the restrictions in place and it's typical of them to ignore it. I am extremely tempted to alert the powers that be to the situation and see if they take action to force compliance. Hell when the Foot and Mouth outbreak started it cost me huge amounts of time, money, inconvenience and expense to comply with all the regulations but did so willingly as did my friends who have a farm. Keeping some birds inside for a short period in comparison is so very little to ask and it's just inconsiderate to our wild bird population. I might actually let the RPSB know as we live very very close to where they have been releasing Sea Eagles. I don't think they would be pleased to know of someone who isn't at least contributing to stopping any potential spread of disease.
                               
                              • Agree Agree x 7
                              • Linz

                                Linz Total Gardener

                                Joined:
                                Oct 7, 2015
                                Messages:
                                2,255
                                Gender:
                                Female
                                Occupation:
                                tea maker
                                Location:
                                S. Wales
                                Ratings:
                                +5,406
                                Up to a £5000 fine and possible imprisonment. Wouldn't like that so best just get on with it and keep them in. Does anyone think it will stretch beyond the 30 day period?
                                 
                                • Like Like x 1
                                • Informative Informative x 1

                                Share This Page