Tuesday, 27 June 2017 12:39

Avian Influenza / Bird ‘Flu

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Avian influenza or bird 'flu has been confirmed at several poultry farms in South Africa. Millions of chickens have already been culled worldwide, so the situation in South Africa is cause for concern, and one can only imagine the financial implications for the chicken farmers.

Avian ‘flu in South Africa is most commonly carried by migratory birds, water birds, the hadeda ibis, and guinea fowl. Chickens are infected through coming into contact with one of these birds and/or their droppings, which, at battery farms, may occur when the side panels of the buildings are raised for ventilation.

Eagle Eye Bird Control strategies:
Following consultation with various poultry farmers, we have arrived at two effective, affordable strategies:
 
1) Bird Netting:
This is the most effective solution to prevent chickens from coming into contact with outside carrier birds.
Bird netting is installed from the edge of the battery building's roof, slanted towards the ground and fastened 3 meters away from the sides of the building.
This will be done by the farming staff due to the strict health and safety precautions for outside workers. Eagle Eye will train the staff on how to install the netting and will supply all equipment necessary to do so.
Battery net
 
2) Open-area bird control.
This strategy is designed to reduce bird numbers in the area in order to reduce the risk of contact.
This strategy is more affordable but is not a total solution, which the bird netting is. The idea is to install Eagle Eye open-area
bird control products to reduce the carrier bird numbers in the area around the batteries and thus reduce the risk of them coming into contact with the chickens.

The process is to Install an Eagle Eye (silver and gold) reflector on top of the roof in the middle of the battery. This unit can be wind driven if there are consistent windy conditions in the area. If not, a solar-powered Eagle Eye unit should be installed.

Then, add one Pro-Peller unit every 30 meters on the roof, and finally, install dropper posts in the ground around the battery building, at 10-meter intervals. Install a Pro-Peller unit on the dropper posts at 30 metre intervals, and a strip of Flashtape on the remaining dropper posts.

Eagle Eye Gold and Silver

                      Eagle Eye unit

PP with cap Silver

             Pro-Peller unit

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            Flashtape

                                                                Typical placement example
Battery Placement
 
 

 

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