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 meter intervals, and a strip of Bird Tape on the remaining dropper posts.

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                   Eagle Eye unit

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             Pro-Peller unit

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                    Bird Tape

                                                                Typical placement example
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“Odour Guard” is specially formulated to remove bad odours associated with bird droppings.

Birds (especially starlings) are attracted to the smell of their own feces and are drawn to nesting/roosting
sites that smells like bird feces.

By removing the source of the smell and placing “Odour Guard” dishes in the surrounding area,
bad odours will be removed and the birds will be less attracted to the site.

Odour Guard is for indoor use only and the effects should last 4-5 months.

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 Directions:
Remove all nests together with eggs and young birds.
Clean the entire area thoroughly by using “Clean Wall” cleaning chemical or any other antibacterial
cleaning chemical.
Place “Odour Guard” dishes 300mm apart to cover the entire area to be protected.
A strong menthol smell will fill the air and all bad odours will disappear.
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Odour Guard is also available in a tube for self-application. One tube will cover approximately 40 linear meters.
 Odour Guard application         

 

Making your home semi-independent or taking it completely off the grid makes a lot of sense and saves money in the long run.

Going green is the current buzzword, not surprisingly with the current water scarcity situation and power shedding in South Africa. People are looking to retrofit their homes and business to take the pressure of the main grid. The situation is only going to get worse as the demand continues to outstrip supply. Having your own source of power from fitted solar panels and your own source of water stored in water tanks will ensure that there are a few fewer things to worry about in the future. But how do you keep your precious resources free from pest bird damage? 

Keep pest birds off the solar panels

Fitting solar panels requires an expensive initial outlay and your savings are only realized over time. The solar panels need to be kept in top condition to allow them to generate the maximum amount of power. Any bird poo splattered on the panels will reduce their solar collecting capabilities. You also need to protect the panels from birds and other pests that will want to crawl under the panels to establish a nest that may damage the panels.

Read: How to install Eagle Eye Bird Control to protect your solar panel installation

Stop birds from contaminating your collected water

To ensure that households and business are not without water, the use of rainwater harvesting tanks has increased. As these systems collect rainwater that falls on the roof, it is important to keep the roof and gutters clean. Birds that frequent the roof will cause a buildup of feathers and faeces that will be washed into the gutters and rainwater tanks, contaminating the water. Nests built in the gutters will block the water flow. Despite the water harvesting systems having filters, it is better to reduce the amount and type of debris that has to be filtered.

As with the solar panels, a combination of Eagle Eye units, Flashflags and bird wire or bird spikes will deter birds from using the roof. The gutters can be covered with bird netting or bird wire, allowing the water through but stopping debris and birds from building nests in the gutters.

See our popular bird control products for more details.

If you are planning to go off the grid our bird control systems are energy efficient and eco-friendly.