Tuesday, 27 June 2017 12:39

Avian Influenza

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Avian ifluenza has been confirmed at several poultry farms in South Africa. This is extremely worrying as millions of chickens had to be culled thusfar worldwide.
One can only imagine the financial implications this will have on our chicken farmers in Southern Africa.
The most common carriers of the influenza is migratory birds, water birds, hadeda ibis and guinea fowl. Chickens get infected when coming into contact with one of these birds or their droppings.
The side panels of the batteries are often raised for ventilation and this is when contact is made with outside birds.
Avian Flu
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Eagle Eye Bird Control strategies:
Following discussions with various poultry farmers, we have decided upon 2 different strategies that will be most effective and affordable.
 
1) Bird netting to isolate the batteries from outside birds:
This is the most effective solution to prevent chickens to come in contact with outside carrier birds.
Bird netting is installed from the edge of the battery roof, slanting towards the ground and fastened 3 meters away from the battery edge.
This will be done by the farming staff due to the strict safety precautions for outside workers. Eagle Eye will train the staff how to install the netting and supply all equipment needed to do the installation.
Battery net
 
2) Open area bird control to reduce the bird numbers in the area to reduce the risk of contact.
This strategy is more affordable, but is not a total solution as option 1. 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 therefore reducing
the risk of them coming into contact with the chickens.
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 your area. If not, a solar powered Eagle Eye unit must be installed.
Add one Pro-Peller unit every 30 meters on top of the roof.
Finally, install dropper posts every 10 meters in the ground around the battery. Install a Pro-Peller unit on the dropper
posts every 30 meters 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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