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Avian Influenza H5N8 (Bird Flu). Update: Feb 2017.
From 28th February Defra have updated their guidance following the outbreaks of Avian Influenza in England and have introduced HIGHER RISK AREAs (those close to substantial inland or coastal bodies of water). We fall into a HRA and this means that our chickens are being “housed” inside away from wild birds, and we won’t have chicks in our petting area for the foreseeable future. Please note: there has been no cases of Avian Influenza on our farm.
Public Health England advise that the risk to public health is very low. The Food Standards Agency say that bird flu does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers. It is still safe to visit open farms within these areas.
For more information please visit the Defra website
We are normally VERY free range chickens, and love our little coupe in the paddock. The team are doing a great job of keeping us safe and are being well looked after whilst we are being housed away. The farmer moves our coupe around the paddocks so we get to have fresh paddock to explore. See if you can spot the little box on the side of our coupe, this special little box is solar powered and opens and closes our door when the sun rises and sets, meaning the farmer doesn’t have to worry about us getting to bed on time. You can buy our eggs from the farm shop and we’re told they taste delicious.