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Confinement Monday

Is there a link to the regulations?
How long will it last has anyone experience of this response to Avian flu?

I was hoping to remove some of my birds at the end of the month.

I am a little overcrowded and cleaning will be a nightmare with the ducks/ hens in situ.

I would want to obey the letter of the law naturally, but cannot find a link to the Gov .ie webpage giving details apart from "must be housed".

Surely they could go out into an enclosed yard while cleaning takes place, or ideally have a dip in their pond in the mornings as they do now?

I thought there would be a lot of discussion on this site and to be honest some of the information floating around other places is ambiguous being directed at farmers only in the headers, then more snippets state that backyard chickens and pets are included, which obviously seems logical, but it would be nice to see the official legal requirements.

Saturday, November 5th, 2022

Going off previous years the lockdown will be in place untill atleast April, birds will need to be housed 24/7 with no exceptions. Realistically we will have to do the best we can in the situation we are in. What I can do with the guineas that roost in the trees I don't know.

Saturday, November 5th, 2022

What way did you manage the confinement last year?

Joseph lawler
Sunday, November 6th, 2022

Last year?

I wasn't aware, I thought it was just movement that was restricted.

I have a large tunnel type greenhouse that I will press into service.

I will leave the old compost in and maybe fence off a small area for a few winter plants.

I can rotate the ducks from shed to workshop to greenhouse as I have secure crates.

I will be culling the cocks, the drakes, or at least those I identify as superfluous and the soft shell layers.

As a last resort I ground up oyster shell in the coffee grinder and mixed it with their feed. I gave them around 100g a day between five.

Even at that a lot was in their water, but after all my attempts the one to two eggs a day went to zero, just runny splodges in the straw.

Anyway I sharpened the axe today and have seen a lot of youtube material, so I should hopefully reduce the numbers.

There was a time when a bottle of Jameson would have helped me see part of the job through today, but I won't go there!

Monday, November 7th, 2022

Glad to hear the last part quackers. Keep your head while all around is losing theirs!

Joseph lawler
Monday, November 7th, 2022

Very busy day here selling Top Netting for pens and also lots of calls asking do we know people who would take birds free.

Flock Master
Monday, November 7th, 2022

PM sent quackers.

Joseph lawler
Monday, November 7th, 2022

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