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Just seen an alert from Defra regarding bird flu and advising poultry including a few birds in the back garden be kept inside for 30 days.

Good thing it's winter and short days.

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Yes this was all over the news this morning. Mine all have a covered run so we will be ok. I do like to let them free range a lot in the winter to give them something to do and clean the garden of pests and fertilise it at the same time, so it's a shame but safety first.

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It's more than an advisory, it's a requirement (although I don't think DEFRA has a penalty available for backyard non compliance).

 

Luckily for my garden girls, they have a big enclosed run. We're having to do wome work on the allotment this morning to comply.

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Its big news here in the Dordogne, which is fois gras country.

Normally you see huge fields of geese & ducks......now they are all shut away. Have been since August I believe.

It is in the news daily, & there has been an outbreak very near to where we live.

 

I did hear that some places (in the UK) are having their free range status revoked as the birds have been shut away, which seems a bit harsh :?

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