Really? There is no incubation period with this kind of thing?
||iirc similar to human strains ,ie a few days after contact before symptoms start to show|
Restrictions ? What restrictions ?
Had a great day yesterday. My wife and I did a ten mile hike around the North Staffordshire countryside and thoroughly enjoyed it but we did see at least six flocks of free range chickens at liberty and these could be easily seen from the road.
We drove back home to our part of Wales earlier on today and took the dog for a couple of miles and guess what? Yes. You guessed it, we saw three more lots of absolutely free range chickens.
Some use muggins here having gone to loads of trouble to house his flock.
I don't care whether anyone else keeps their chickens in or not.
As long as they don't come onto my property.
If someone in this part of the country has his (or her, for the pedants) flock decimated by AI, I would be concerned, but only because it would suggest that the wild birds in my area were carrying a virulent strain.
There was a neighbour's hen that was often seen wandering free, that might potentially have been able to spread it to my flock, but some random guy's flock anywhere else is never going to be threat to my birds.
I entirely agree with NMG. I remember years ago, legislation was brought in after a nasty outbreak of F&M that would restrict the movement of cattle in any future outbreak, but because sheep often need to be moved to new grazing, NO movement restrictions would be applied to sheep. Daft muppets didn't think about stopping sales/purchases or even distance limits. So when it next got into the UK, sure enough, it was sheep sales that spread it across the country.
This report is quite close to us at around 50 miles away.
I'm keeping a watchful eye on my own poultry but rightly or wrongly I'm not too perturbed. I'm pretty sure that this disease has been visiting our shores for a number of years and the fact that its one's and twos that are being found with the disease and not thousands is also reassuring.