10th February 2017


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


As many will have heard Defra have introduced a an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone declaration on 6 December 2016 until 28 February.  After the 28th February (unless the situation changes), Defra are planning to relax the restrictions on birds in most areas, except those still deemed high risk.  Those in high risk areas will have to continue to adhere to the current rules for a little longer. This means extra biosecurity measures for all poultry and captive birds to protect them from the risk from wild birds. The current zone covers the whole of England and will remain in place until the 28th February.  This is purely precautionary 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 have adhered to Defras guidance and access to the birds is only by ourselves so we will need to bring any birds you wish to purchase over to the shop, rather than allowing access to view them.  We also ask that you use the disinfectant footmat at the entrance to the property.


As much of the information on the Defra website relates to commercial poultry we have listed below how we understand it for backyard poultry - however this is only our interpretation, please check the Defra website yourself and be aware that information may change:

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.


Useful Links:

Defra advice for Biosecurity

Latest Updates from Defra




Week commencing
29th May 17

Our opening hours are updated weekly, but we are not a standard 'shop' & we are closed Sunday - Tuesday to enable us to breed, clean & care for all the birds and the farm, as well as have a few hours off!

Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: 10 - 4pm
Thursday: 10 - 4pm
 Friday: 10 - 4pm
Saturday: 10 - 3pm
Sunday's: CLOSED


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