Avian Housing Restrictions to Lift at Midnight

Vigilance against Avian Influenza still required

Housing restrictions for poultry that were introduced in mid-December due to the threat of Avian Influenza (AI) will be lifted from midnight tonight (31 March).

However, with a new case recorded in Cheshire last week, poultry keepers are urged to keep strict biosecurity measures in place and ensure contact between poultry and wild birds is prevented.  The Avian Influenza Protection Zone (AIPZ) requiring enhanced biosecurity will remain in force across GB but today (31 March) is the last day poultry will need to be housed.

NFU Scotland’s Poultry Policy Manager Penny Middleton said: “The decision to lift the requirement for all poultry keepers, large and small, to house their birds is great news.  It reflects the hard work put in by all poultry keepers in complying with the rules and reflects the reduced risk Avian Influenza (AI) now presents.

“However, last week’s new case of AI in turkeys emphasises that high standards of biosecurity remain essential as infection may still be present in wild birds.  All bird keepers, whether they have large commercial flocks or a few backyard hens, are legally required to meet enhanced biosecurity requirements under the AIPZ to protect their birds from this highly infectious virus.

“While the threat of AI has decreased, it is still incredibly important that everyone who keeps birds remains vigilant and, if you intend to allow your birds outside, you must take action to prepare the outside areas for their safe release.

“It is critical that keepers prevent contact directly or indirectly between their birds and wild birds by releasing into a fenced area; fencing off ponds and watercourses if possible and protecting bedding, feeding and water.”  

Notes to editors


Contact Bob Carruth on 07788 927675

Author: Bob Carruth

Date Published:

News Article No.: 59/21

< Article List


Report Abusive Comment

Comment Content:

Why it offends me (optional):

Have Your Say

No-one has commented on this article yet. Be the first to have your say...

New Comment


Total Pages:
Total Results:
Page Start:
Page Result #:

©NFU Scotland • All Rights Reserved • Web design by Big Red DigitalLog in


Contact Us




No Robots:

This form collects and sends the information supplied to NFU Scotland. You can read our privacy policy for full details on how we protect and manage your data.
  I consent to having NFU Scotland collect the above details.