DEFRA: Bird Flu plans.

Do you have bird/s at home, if so, then please read on.

Cartoon picture of a chicken.

Be aware that keepers of backyard poultry, racing pigeons and show birds would be required to register their flocks under new government proposals to stop the spread of bird flu.

The government has launched a consultation on plans to make it compulsory for all keepers of “poultry, & other captive birds” to register them with the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA). I’ve never heard of (APHA) before.


Defra‘s consultation document says: “This would mean any person who keeps one or more of any type of bird (including racing pigeons) will be required to register the bird(s) by providing specified information relating to those birds, the purpose for which they keep the bird(s) and their contact details.”


The proposal covers poultry birds reared for meat or eggs, or used in breeding programmes or restocking game supplies. “Other captive birds” include pet birds and any birds kept for shows, races, exhibitions, competitions, breeding or for sale.

But it likely won’t affect “pet birds kept entirely within a domestic dwelling”, such as parrots or budgies.

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