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: email@example.com
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 1 April 2021
The Avian Flu Prevention Zone (AIPZ) requiring high standards of biosecurity remains in place but the housing restrictions have now ended.
If you intend to allow your birds outside, you must continue to take action to reduce the disease risk. The avian influenza virus can survive in the environment for weeks.
Read the Government's guidance on how to prepare for the safe release of your birds.