New housing measures for UK birds: what it means for you

Danielle Petch

As a multi pet-loving community, at TrustedHousesitters we have members with pets of all shapes, sizes and species. Which is why we always like to keep in the loop with any updates that may affect you, or how you or your sitters arrange pet care.

This week in England, Scotland and Wales, new housing measures came into force following a number of cases of avian influenza in both wild and captive birds, which may affect some of our bird-keeping members. 

This new measure, which came into force on the 14th December 2020, means that bird keepers now legally need to keep their birds indoors to help limit the spread of the disease. However, rest assured that according to public health advice, any risk to human health from the virus is very low.

Great Britain’s three Chief Veterinary Officers said, in a joint statement:

“Whether you keep just a few birds or thousands, from 14 December onwards you will be legally required to keep your birds indoors, or take appropriate steps to keep them separate from wild birds. We have not taken this decision lightly, but it is the best way to protect your birds from this highly infectious disease.”

Over the next 11 days, bird keepers are encouraged to prepare for the new measures by putting up new or additional housing where needed, or by consulting their vet. As a TrustedHousesitters member, you can call your free Vet Advice Line day or night for help and guidance on this, or any other pet-related topics.

Sitters currently taking care of a bird (or group of birds) on a sit should follow the same advice as above. We would also recommend any bird-keeping members or sitters to visit the Gov UK website here for further information on how to prevent the avian flu. 

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