We’re not the only ones on lockdown, the chickens have been banished from the garden since December due to avian influenza. I really miss watching them strutting around the veg garden before tootling off to bed.
At the moment they are all confined to the walk-in enclosures, which isn’t so bad really as they have shelter from rain and plenty of room to move around, they can see pretty much everything going on around them. Of course they disagree and look very sorry for themselves.
To make up for the lack of grass in their diet I’m feeding them whole cabbages and chard leaves overwintering in the veg patch, I’d much rather see them helping themselves even though I’d complain after they’d completely trashed everything. The garden feels empty without them following me everywhere, I keep checking the DEFRA website for updates.
Hopefully better weather is coming, spring can’t come soon enough this year. How are your chickens doing?
What? No free ranging? Are you kidding me??!! Afraid not kiddo.
We haven’t allowed our chickens to free range since early December 2016. The Chief Veterinary Officer declared a Prevention Zone to help protect poultry and other captive birds from a strain of Avian Influenza (H5N8) in Europe. Since the Prevention Zone was announced, cases have been confirmed across the UK. By continuing to keep our flock separate from wild birds and maintaining biosecurity measures on our premises, we’re doing the very best we can to protect our chickens from this threat.
Updates and further information regarding Avian Influenza and the current situation are available on the DEFRA website, please do keep checking to make sure you are complying with the latest prevention zone requirements. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu