Why can’t the birds go outside?

Avian influenza is spread to free range poultry from contact with wild birds, especially migratory species. To control the spread of disease the government, through DEFRA, has ordered everyone in England who keeps free range poultry to ensure the birds remain indoors until the outbreak has passed. The devolved administrations have issued similar orders to protect poultry. This order covers large flocks on farms and small back garden hobby flocks.

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