Poultry farmers and pet bird keepers


Do you keep poultry such as chickens, ducks or geese? Help protect your birds from the risk of bird flu (avian influenza) this year and get prepared.

Did you know?

There is a constant risk of bird flu in the UK from wild birds. As it's highly contagious, take action to protect your birds from catching it.

How to spot bird flu, what to do if you suspect it and measures to prevent it


Any very sick birds, or unexplained deaths, must be assessed by your vet. By law, suspicion of bird flu is notifiable and can affect poultry movement and trade.

Tip one: Cleaning

Clean footwear before and after visiting your birds. Keep areas clean and tidy and regularly disinfect hard surfaces. Humanely control rats and mice.

Tip two: Feeding

Place your birds' food and water in fully exposed areas that are protected from wild birds and remove any spilled feed regularly. 

Tip three: Fencing

Keep your birds separate from wildlife and wild waterfowl by putting suitable fencing around the outdoor areas they access.

Tip four: Register

Salford City Council is encouraging anyone who owns pet poultry to register them, even if you just have two or three birds. By registering, you will get alerts on any outbreaks of bird flu in Salford and the surrounding area of Greater Manchester and help to prevent the spread of disease. 

Register your poultry

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