Backyard Poultry Trapping Team  (BPTT)

The euthanasia of poultry at professional poultry farms is carried out efficiently, as part of a well-organised operation. Poultry farm owners often have a good understanding of order, neatness, cleanness and organisation. They are also subject to a control system involving quality control, legislation, regulations and government inspections. Animal welfare and the influence of animal welfare organisations will also play a role in their business operations. Given this fact, business owners are more aware of the risks posed by animal diseases and will take steps to ensure that the measures necessary are put in place.

How different the situation is where small, local businesses and private poultry owners are concerned.  Here, poultry are often left to run loose in or outside the backyard. Where compulsory isolation is introduced, birds are caged, so that the risk of infection decreases. These small poultry stocks, sometimes even just several birds, have been charted. In Germany, a well-organised country, all commercial and domestic birds registered will be euthanised in the event of a breakout of H5N1. In actual fact, although everyone should have registered their poultry, it has been found that far more birds are being kept at people’s homes than have actually been indicated; up to 200% more! When there was a breakout in Thüringen in 2007, 1,500 poultry were found in a small area, instead of the 65 poultry registered. ‘Fortunately’, this was only a small-scale incident, but imagine the consequences for bigger areas.

The problems of poultry running loose in the backyard:

  • The absence of registration for poultry and livestock.
  • The absence of compulsory caging and compulsory isolation.
  • Any compulsory isolation imposed is not observed.
  • An unwillingness to cooperate in the capture (and subsequent slaughter) of the poultry.
  • It is difficult to catch the poultry, partly as a result of the unrest in the backyard, because they are used to living in an unconfined space.
  • The absence of specialists in catching or slaughtering loose poultry.
  • The absence of vehicles, trapping equipment and binding resources.
  • The absence of mobile euthanasia equipment and/or the removal of carcasses.
  • Areas that are difficult to access (unpaved roads, bad weather, etc.)

 The solution: the Backyard Poultry Trapping Team (BPTT)

If the problems outlined above form a risk during an outbreak of a bird flu virus, it will be vital to form special teams to carry out work of this nature parallel to the ‘large-scale’ culling work. These teams must be given training, materials and, of course, people. Catching poultry and water birds living in the wild is a specialism that people can be taught.

 Because of our experience as the market leader for poultry culling in Europe, we are able to provide our clients with custom-made advice. If required, the TCC group can make a detailed assessment and train and equip the BPTT.