You must register if you own or are responsible for a poultry premises with 50 or more birds. They do not have to be all of the same species. This applies even if your premises are only stocked for part of the year.
Premises with fewer than 50 birds do not need to register, but the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) encourages keepers to do so voluntarily.
For more information on keeping poultry, please read through the following information below from the Department for Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and Gov.uk:
- Poultry farms: general regulations
- Poultry: welfare off the farm
- Poultry farming: health regulations
- Poultry welfare: guidance on the farm
- Keeping livestock healthy, disease controls and prevention
- Welfare of animals during transport: advice for transporters of poultry
If you have any queries contact our Business Advice line on 0300 123 2329 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Avian Flu information
An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) was declared across the whole of England on 11 November 2020 with additional housing measures introduced 14 December 2020.
Update 18 May 2021
The Avian Influenza Prevention Zone introduced on 11 November 2020 was lifted at midday on Saturday, 15 May 2021 and all poultry and bird gatherings, including pigeon gatherings organised for races from mainland Europe, are now permitted (notify APHA at least 7 days before any event).
Poultry and captive bird keepers are advised to remain vigilant for any signs of disease and seek prompt veterinary advice if you have any concerns. All keepers should help prevent Avian Flu by maintaining good biosecurity.