Poultry Keeper requirements

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:

If you have any queries contact our Business Advice line on 0300 123 2329 or email: business.advice@surreycc.gov.uk

Avian Flu update 2 May 2022

Housing measures lifted - avian influenza (bird flu)

The mandatory housing measures which were in place across the UK since 29 November 2021 were lifted on Monday, 2 May 2022. Poultry and other captive birds no longer need to be houses unless they are in a Protective Zone.

The risk of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has now been reduced to 'low' for premises with good biosecurity and 'medium' where biosecurity is suboptimal. However, the enhanced biosecurity requirements that were brought in as part of the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) will remain in force as infection may still be circulating in the environment for several more weeks whilst the risk of infection in wild birds remains HIGH (down from VERY HIGH).

Although the departure of migrant wildfowl and increasing temperatures and sunlight will reduce the survival rates of the avian flu virus, the domestic and captive bird populations remain under a higher infection pressure (particularly with poor biosecurity). It is imperative, therefore, that biosecurity is maintained to the greatest extent possible and that every step is taken to guard against infection entering a poultry site.

Most common disease incursion routes:

  • contaminated litter/bedding materials
  • movement of people and equipment
  • poor building maintenance.

The first detection of HPAI H5N1 virus this 2021 to 2022 HPAI season was in rescued wild swans and captive poultry at a swan sanctuary in Worcester on 15 October 2021. Since that time, there have been an unprecedented 109 further confirmed Infected Premises with HPAI H5N1 in poultry and captive birds and 985 positive wild bird findings.