We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

Alamy Stock Photo
Bird Flu

Measure to keep all poultry inside to tackle bird flu comes into force today

The order was announced last week in response to a rise in the number of bird flu cases in wild birds.

MEASURES TO KEEP all poultry and captive birds indoors to prevent the spread of bird flu have come into force.

The order was announced last week in response to a rise in the number of bird flu cases in wild birds and aims to are aimed at prevent house birds from interacting with wild birds.

Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue described the order as “a precautionary measure”.

Issuing the order last week, the Department of Agriculture said: “This measure is being taken against a background of the confirmation of disease in wild birds along the coast since July, increasing risk levels due to colder temperatures and shorter daylight hours as well as recent confirmation of disease in a wild bird inland.”

It noted that outbreaks of bird flu have been reported in captive bird flocks in coastal areas of counties Dublin and Wicklow, where it had been confirmed previously in wild birds.

A legal requirement to keep poultry confined or indoors was previously in place in Ireland from November 2021 to April of this year. 

The Department added: “Outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza have also been identified in poultry flocks in Great Britain and a number of other European countries in recent weeks.”

In the UK, the disease was confirmed at over 90 premises and has been found in more than 200 dead wild birds since the start of October.

As a result, a similar order is also coming into effect in the UK today.

“Whether you keep just a few birds or thousands, from today onwards they must be housed under cover to protect them from this highly infectious disease,” said the UK’s chief veterinary officer, Christine Middlemiss.

With additional reporting from Press Association

Your Voice
Readers Comments
This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
Leave a Comment
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.

    Leave a commentcancel