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Are our hens meant to be kept inside?

Lately I've noticed many of the free range eggs in supermarkets have 'temporally housed' labels on them. Despite looking this up I can't find anything to say that our hens are meant to be indoors. I know about England but didn't think this applied to Republic of Ireland.

Joseph lawler
Monday, April 18th, 2022

Housing restrictions were in place until April.As to when in April, there seems to be no specific date.

https://www.farmersjournal.ie/all-bird-flu-surveillance-zone...

roostercroweburn
Monday, April 18th, 2022

Thank you roostercroweburn. That article seems to mention end of April.

Joseph lawler
Monday, April 18th, 2022

Never had mine in. No one seemed bothered. Even had the ministry vets out to give me a flock number last winter, they didn't say a word. They are fed under cover but I'm not locking them up, we are going to have to live with bird flu.

Pam
Tuesday, April 19th, 2022

That's good because mine are out all the time as you will have gathered but I feed them inside too.

Joseph lawler
Tuesday, April 19th, 2022

Bird flu is no joke if your birds catch that they all die.

paddycrawford
Tuesday, April 19th, 2022

Are yours all in Paddy?

Joseph lawler
Tuesday, April 19th, 2022

Yes everything is in except for a few geese and their semi feral.

paddycrawford
Tuesday, April 19th, 2022

Well bird flu isn't going away. I'd rather have happy hens at a small risk of catching it than miserable locked up ones. Ask a zoo animal if it would rather be free, even at risk of being killed in the wild.

Pam
Wednesday, April 20th, 2022

It all depends where your located there's alot of migratory birds close by me,I walked a local river at the start of the winter and there was mute swans dead all along it I was in a hurry that night and only after I got thinking about the bird flu.

paddycrawford
Wednesday, April 20th, 2022

I have often wondered why the biggest outbreaks are among the commercial flocks most of which are never outside?

Joseph lawler
Wednesday, April 20th, 2022


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