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New poultry regulations 1.1.21

Anyone keep chickens and familiar with the changes introduced on January 1, 2021? Iíve read the documents myself but had conflicting interpretations and I am happy for guidance from someone more in the field ... Iíd been wanting either chickens or Japanese quail but these new regulations might keep us from doing so especially contingent on size of coop etc.
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Re: New poultry regulations 1.1.21

Could you perhaps post a link to the documents you've read? Then maybe someone here will know enough to hazard an interpretation.
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Re: New poultry regulations 1.1.21

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Could you perhaps post a link to the documents you've read? Then maybe someone here will know enough to hazard an interpretation.
Thanks! Good idea. Sorry I’ve been quite busy of late, will get to this soon ish.

To basically sum it up though, I understand the French of the document — the birds must have perches at two different levels, each one at least 50cm from both floor and ceiling but without a specified difference (ie, one could be 50cm from ground and 60cm from ceiling with the other 60cm from ground and 50cm from ceiling) — but when I spoke with a person selling laying hens near me, he said the coop had to be 1m40 high—which I didn’t see in the document, though covered runs must be 1m50 minimum. This is all to keep chickens confined in an appropriate manner when avian flu is a risk. The document is clear that a properly covered run with a roof is an ok holding place whilst the wild birds carrying the flu are about—so by my own logic, why does my coop have to be exactly to their specifications if I am allowed to let them into my properly covered run during the quarantine times, ie the birds are never confined to only the coop for days on end.

The reason I am concerned is that it’s one thing to put up a smaller coop purchased online or second hand—it’s a totally different proposition to install a 1m40 coop that costs over 1000 CHF from specialized swiss makers like the one I spoke with. I sadly don’t have the know-how to make one myself ... we’re also talking a small flock here, probably four birds maximum, whereas the official document makes a few mentions of hobbyists but is mainly focused on commercial producers.

The long and short of it is that I should probably just get in touch with the relevant cantonal authorities. I did discover a neighbor has a few hens and might take advantage of that as well to see if he knows more.

When I can make it to my computer I can copy some of the text in question in case anyone wants a crack at it.

ETA: this person selling the hens and coops also said that Japanese quail (laying quail, domestic quail) are now considered wild animals and one must have a license to own them. I looked for awhile on the relevant federal website pages and there was not one mention of this. No license is needed up to fifty quail ! So either he was saying something relevant only to his canton (which is not the same as mine) or he simply was mistaken and spoke with such authority as to make me doubt my research. Which does make me question his assertions on chickens a bit.
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