DEFRA keep a Poultry Register and it is compulsory to register with the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) if you keep more than 50 birds although they also encourage people with fewer than 50 birds to register so that poultry keepers can be notified of disease outbreaks such as Avian Influenza.
Over the last few years, being registered has been useful because you will receive advice and notifications if there are any outbreaks of AI (Bird Flu) and if there is a requirement to keep birds under cover because of restrictions, they will let you know.
- You must register if you go over 50 birds at any time but you can also register voluntarily if you keep less than this: remember to consider chicks and any excess birds that are hatched for the dinner table or to sell each year.
- ‘Poultry’ includes: chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, pigeons (kept for meat), partridge, pheasants, quail, osterich, emu, rhea and Guinea fowl so it soon adds up!
You can register by going to this page: