KEEPING YOUR BIRDS SAFE IN TIMES OF FLU

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What Are Bird Flues?

There is no argument at all that birds and humans are quite distinct. Several attributes of each differentiates them. There is certainly no need to start differentiating the two as their differences are crystal.

However, there could also be some similarities between birds and Humans. One of these, as is common with animals generally, is their susceptibility to diseases and sicknesses.

Bird flu, also called avian influenza, is a viral infection that can infect not only birds, but also humans and other animals. Most forms of the virus are restricted to birds.

H5N1 is the most common form of bird flu. It’s deadly to birds and can easily affect humans and other animals that come in contact with a carrier. According to the World Health Organization Trusted Source, H5N1 was first discovered in humans in 1997 and has killed nearly 60 percent  of those infected.

 

 

 

Currently, the virus isn’t known to spread via human-to-human contact. Still, some experts worry that H5N1 may pose a risk of becoming a pandemic threat to humans.

 

How To Protect Your Birds From Flu

Protection of Birds from Flu can be considered the greatest and most important aspect of keeping a poultry. There are several reasons why protection is most important. Protection is better, safer and cheaper than cure for the poultry owner as keeping to the necessary precautions will save him/her several potential stress, pains and losses. Also to the ordinary person, protection of birds is likewise important as some of these diseases could be communicable and could affect anyone who eats or has other contacts with an infected bird. To protect your bird, the following rules and guidelines are important;

  1. Ensure your birds stay at home in periods on flu pandemic- this could be the safest measure. In times of the year when risk is high, keep your birds indoors. This could mean you’d have to spend more as you will have to feed them regularly as against when they could pick foods up by grazing but remember, prevention is cheaper than cure.
  2. If you can’t keep your birds at home, you must keep them safe- However, measures to separate poultry from wild birds must be balanced with welfare. Certain birds, such as geese or ostriches, cannot easily be kept indoors. Experts advice  that taking other measures to keep these birds separate from wild birds, like making sure their feed and water sources cannot be accessed by wild birds.
  3.  Keep good and proper hygiene in your farm, poultry and steads- Another effective measure to take is to regularly clean your hens housings. you need to firt clean the housing properly and make sure all wastes are disposed far away from your birds. Disinfect after cleaning- this would kill any residue of virus after the cleaning. Experts advice is to thoroughly clean and disinfect housing at the end of a production cycle.
  4.  Observe safe distancing protocols between birds and visitors- People moving between poultry flocks and the outside world could be a key factor in disease spread if infected wild birds are in the area. You could save yourself and your birds from a lot of dangers by simply reducing numbers of persons allowed inside your poultry. In instances where entry is necessary, you must make sure you disinfect people (including you) who access your poultry before entry.
  5. Quarantine birds with flu symptoms- As a farmer or poultry keeper, you must constantly be on the lookout for your birds. At the sight of any bird displaying any symptom of a flu, you must immediately separate such bird and those in close proximity with it for treatment. You must instantly do this so as to save the remaining flock from any potential harm.

MAKE YOUR HENS LIVELY; MAKE YOURSELF HAPPY!!!

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