Another 490 chickens died of bird flu at a farm in Pat Heung yesterday as a standoff between its owner and officials continued for a third day. The farm's owner has refused to allow the slaughter of 10,000 of his chickens until the government agrees to pay him $300,000. The farm's other 40,000 birds have been vaccinated against avian flu. H5N1 has killed 1,410 birds at the farm since Monday. Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Thomas Chan Chun-yuen said: 'We have to be able to persuade the owner very quickly this [standoff] is not to anyone's advantage.' Mr Chan said the farmer had been assured that he could have access to low-interest loans if he had trouble restarting his business. Kwan Wing-kin, spokesman for the New Territories Chicken Breeders Association, said: 'Given that there were compensations in the past, the government must pay this time.'