February 19, 2019

Bird Deterrent Laser Saves Chickens From Avian Influenza

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The chicken is a type of domesticated fowl. There are more chickens in the world than any other bird. Chickens have instinctive talents. They can take in weeds and bugs from paddocks and give the farmer relief from using synthetic pesticides and herbicidess1.

Have you ever wondered how avian influenza is spread around?

Other than being a domestic farm animal, chickens are raised in poultry farms for meat production and eggs. Poultry farms produce chickens continuously, this means that they have to follow health regulations all the time, making sure that the chickens do not spread any diseases.

Moreover, poultry farms can become very crowded, which allows avian influenza to be spread more quickly.

Avian influenza is one of the worst diseases that occur in poultry farms which is spread from wild birds that carry over 60 transmittable diseases to the domesticated ones2. It is done by the wild birds consuming feed and then contaminating it.

Biosecurity measures to prevent avian influenza

Governments and farms try to keep a careful eye on avian influenza and protect poultry from this disease.

The best way to do this is to minimize the presence of wild birds that are close to the poultry houses or paddocks. Making sure that avian influenza does not affect the poultry is the biggest concern for poultry farmers and they are always trying to minimize the risks of wild birds coming into direct contact with their poultry.

One of the ways to minimize these risks is to regularly practice wild bird control to prevent the widespread of diseases like avian influenza.

Daniel Hoberichts, the owner of Orchard Eggs understood the biosecurity measures that had to be taken to protect his poultry. He explained “Our birds are housed across 50 acres of orchard and we want to do everything to keep them safe from infection. Once we heard about the Agrilaser Autonomic it seemed like an ideal solution to complement all of our other biosecurity measures.”

The Agrilaser Autonomic helped Orchard Eggs to prevent the spread of avian influenza across the 50 acres of orchard.

The reason why the Agrilaser Autonomic is a great biosecurity measure is that it is an innovative method of repelling unwanted wild birds without causing any harm to them. The best part is that the laser is silent and neighbour friendly. Installing nets in an entire poultry farm can be extremely costly and it is not efficient enough to prevent avian influenza. The Agrilaser Autonomic is used as a safer and more effective alternative. It shows up to a 90% effectiveness in bird dispersal.

  1. Mainstreetproject, https://mainstreetproject.org/chickens-help-environment/
  2. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/poultry-health#biosecurity-measures-for-poultry-farmers
Bird Control Group’s automated laser bird repellent provides 24/7 protection from wild birds by shining a green laser light in the area affected by the problem. Get in touch via the form below if you are interested in learning more.