Towards the end of October, the UK's Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) announced a mandatory housing order for all poultry as a result of recent outbreaks of Avian Influenza (AI).
The housing order has been put in place to reduce the risk of future outbreaks of AI through limiting the possible interactions between captive and wild birds.
However, MSD Animal Health has urged poultry producers across the nation to remain vigilant to other threats that can arise as a result of continuous housing, such as red mite infestations.
Throughout the winter months, red mite populations are typically extremely low due to the cold weather. However, as a result of housing birds indefinitely throughout the day, the core temperature in these housing environments will naturally increase, creating ideal conditions for red mite populations to thrive.
There has since been no movement by DEFRA to relax this housing order, with outbreaks of AI still being reported across the UK.
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