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Caring for pet chickens in the time of coronavirus

The current COVID-19 pandemic is fuelling an upturn in the uptake of new hobbies by the UK population, with many of us turning to novel interests as a distraction from the worry of the coronavirus outbreak and as a way of filling the time during this period of isolation. It seems that one such hobby is the keeping of backyard chickens, which comes with the added advantage of producing freshly laid eggs without the need to brave the supermarket.

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Beware Bird Flu – A DEFRA warning

This morning DEFRA, the government’s Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has issued strict instructions to all poultry keepers to keep them indoors for 30 days. Unusually, this instruction doesn’t just apply to commercial poultry keepers, but backyard flocks as well.
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