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December 05, 2020 - Independent Online

UK: Bird flu - Chickens and hens must be kept indoors but their meat and eggs may still be labelled 'free-range'

UK: Bird flu - Chickens and hens must be kept indoors but their meat and eggs may still be labelled 'free-range'
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Eggs and meat from millions of hens, chickens, turkeys and geese will be sold as free-range – even though the government has ordered the birds into lockdown indoors to prevent bird flu spreading.

And the RSPCA is warning that the stress of being cooped up could make birds more susceptible than usual to disease.

From 14 December, all birds – including free-range ones – must be kept indoors by law to prevent contact with migrating wild birds that could be carrying the disease, the chief vets of England, Scotland and Wales announced on Thursday.

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