From 3 September kept poultry must no longer be kept inside or under roof

Published 14.12.2020     Modified 03.09.2021

It has been a while since avian influenza (HPAI) was last detected in the wild bird population in Norway. However it is not inconceivable that HPAI still exists in the wild birds but it indicates that the infection pressure in the wild population is low. The risk of introduction of avian influenza into kept poultry with good biosecurity decreases with decreasing infection in the wild bird population. As a result, the mandatory enhanched biosecurity requirements that were brought in order to stop the spread of the virus were lifted on 3 September.

It means that kept poultry (wether you have pet birds, commercial flocks or just a few birds in a backyard flock) no longer must be held inside or under roof. It is no longer mandatory to register your poultry held as pets. Bird gatherings are no longer prohibited.

You must still keep a close watch on your birds for any signs of disease, and must seek prompt advice from your veterinarian if you have any concerns. If you suspect any type of avian influenza in poultry or captive birds you must report it immediately by calling the Norwegian Food Safety Authority on 22 40 00 00.

If you find dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or other dead wild birds, such as gulls or birds of prey, you should report them to the Norwegian Food Safety Authority on 22 40 00 00. Do not touch or pick up any dead or visibly sick birds that you find without gloves.

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