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Avian influenza / bird flu :: How to keep the area around poultry houses free of wild birds and their droppings Featured

The avian flu virus currently affecting South African poultry is reaching a critical level. Farmers across the country are trying to implement urgent measures to reduce the risk of infection, which occurs when there is contact between the poultry and the wild birds that carry the virus. There is no vaccine or scientific solution to the problem but Eagle Eye Bird Control (EEBC) has developed practical systems to significantly reduce the contact that spreads the virus.

Eagle Eye Bird Control is the largest company in Africa that specialises in the development, manufacturing, and installation of bird control products. The various products and installation methods can be customised and used in combination for both agricultural and urban areas.

The company has been approached frequently over the last few months by poultry farmers who are desperate for assistance with the avian flu virus. These farmers have one main requirement and that is to limit the contact between their chickens and the wild birds that carry the virus.

The principle that Eagle Eye Bird Control works on is to keep the area around the poultry houses as free of wild birds and their droppings as possible. This is critical because the bird droppings also carry the virus and can easily be walked into the buildings by workers. Eagle Eye Bird Control starts by inspecting the construction of the poultry houses to determine the areas that need attention. In most cases, the farmers have already made every effort to keep the buildings sealed to prevent the carrier birds from gaining access but if there are openings Eagle Eye Bird Control can secure these with a number of products. Once this is complete, they will move onto the next phase, which involves one of two options.

The first option requires the installation of a range of reflective products on the roofs of the poultry houses. These products reflect the sunlight in such a way that it is very irritating for birds. The colour spectrum reflected is specifically targeted for certain species, which perceive these colours as a potential threat. The units on the roofs form a layer of flashing light over the buildings that causes the birds to change their flight path and thus avoid the perceived danger.

The second option is to install bird netting. This solution is aimed at poultry houses that are not sealed completely, or where sections are opened for ventilation. The netting surrounds the outside of the building to prevent the wild carrier birds making contact with the chickens and can also be used as a solution on free-range farms. These two options are not mutually exclusive and they can be used in combination. Each of the products comes with a full set of installation instructions to make the products user-friendly so that the farm workers can do the installation to limit the number of outside personnel on the premises. This is essential in order to maintain the bio-security standards of the farm.

Eagle Eye Bird Control has already assisted a number of farms and poultry groups to reduce the risk of infection and is constantly developing more products and improving installations. Feel free to contact them with any enquires via or call 087 237 9600

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