May 2018


LATEST DEFRA UPDATE PLEASE SEE WEB PAGE:  Defra Update (including maps of proposed higher risk areas)


The Defra Avian Influenza Zone has been implemented.  This means extra biosecurity measures for all poultry and captive birds to protect them from the risk from wild birds. This is purely precautionary and was also implemented last winter, so we cannot stress enough NOT TO PANIC, it is purely extra measures to keep all birds safe and all the recommendations are basic good biosecurity.

We are open as normal for feed, supplies and advice and as there is no restriction on the movement of birds, we are still selling birds.   We also ask that you use the disinfectant footmat at the entrance to the property.

Minimum Defra requirements are listed below but please check the Defra website yourself and be aware that information may change:

Schedule 1 - Minimum biosecurity measures applying to all keepers Part 1

Any keeper of poultry or other captive birds, irrespective of how they are kept, must take appropriate and practicable steps, that can be demonstrated to an inspector on request, to ensure that–

(1) precautions are taken to avoid the transfer of virus contamination between premises, including cleansing and disinfection of equipment, vehicles and footwear. Where there are more than 50 poultry or other captive birds, place foot dip containing Defra-approved poultry disinfectant at strategic points including at the entry and exit of all houses or outdoor areas where birds are kept, and footwear must be cleaned using the dips on entry and exit or alternatively footwear should be changed when moving between bird and non-bird areas;

(2) feed, water and bedding is not exposed to virus contamination;

(3) effective vermin control is carried out in any part of the premises where poultry or other captive birds are kept;

(4) the movement of people, vehicles or equipment to and from the part of the premises where poultry are kept is reduced to only essential movements for looking after their welfare, collecting eggs and feeding;

(5) records are kept (other than in a zoo) of all vehicles that enter any part of the premises where poultry are kept and of all people who come into any direct contact with the poultry.

Part 2

Outdoor range areas (all outdoor areas where poultry have access) must be fenced to keep birds within the range and must be actively managed by the keeper to ensure

that–(1) the range area is not contaminated with feathers or faecal material from wild birds and take all reasonable steps to remove such contamination that may be present;

(2) access to open or standing water is restricted by fencing off and netting ponds, standing water, or waterlogged land to prevent access by poultry or other captive birds;

(3) there is no direct contact with poultry or other captive birds on other neighbouring premises;

(4) feed and water are kept and birds are fed indoors or under a covered area which sufficiently discourages the landing of wild birds and thereby prevent contact by wild birds with their feed or water;

(5) wild birds are not attracted to the vicinity of the outdoor area, in particular to standing water or ponds;

(6) measures are taken to discourage wild birds, in particular gulls and wild waterfowl, from entering the fenced outdoor areas;

(7) any carcases of wild birds are removed from the outdoor fenced range area; and

(8) there is regular cleaning and disinfecting of all concrete walkways, paths and similar surfaces to which poultry or other captive birds or wild birds have access.

Ideally house your birds indoors (in a large chicken house/shed/garage/outbuilding) or ensure their run is covered where practicable.

Where this is not practicable they must not have contact with wild birds so ensure you run is netted with fine wire to prevent wild birds gaining access.

Put their feeders and drinkers inside the chicken house to prevent wild birds accessing it.

Taking all reasonable precautions to avoid the transfer of contamination between premises, including cleansing and disinfection of equipment, vehicles and footwear

Reduce the movement of people, vehicles or equipment to and from areas where poultry or captive birds are kept

Implementing effective vermin control programmes around buildings where poultry or captive birds are kept

Keeping disinfectant at the right concentration at key points such as farm entrances and entrances to bird houses.


Some practical ideas:

Cover your chickens run with a large tarpaulin or clear sheeting (we have clear sheeting in stock here).

If your run is too large for a solid cover use a fine top net stretched over and ensure there are no gaps where wild birds can gain access.

If your chickens usually free range and you have no run, purchase a temporary pop up run to confine them and cover the run as above.

Whilst your hens are confined ensure they have plenty of woodchips of orther surface to scratch on to prevent boredom and the run becoming muddy.

Hang up cabbages etc. to keep them entertained.

Keep an eye out for any signs of boredom such as feather pecking.





Week commencing
16th July 2018

Our opening hours are updated weekly below. We are open all year round every Wednesday - Saturday & try to open on most Sunday's (and some Mondays during holidays).

Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: 10 - 5pm
Thursday: 10 - 5pm
 Friday: 10 - 5pm
Saturday: 10 - 3pm
Sunday: 10 - 1pm


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07830 176254

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Newland Grange,
Stocks Lane, Newland
Malvern, Worcestershire
WR13 5AZ