Yesterday was supposed to be the last day of the Prevention Zone measures against Avian Flu so I scheduled ‘worming week’ to coincide with it. When treating chickens with FLubonvet, you have to keep the birds confined so that they have to eat the powder-coated layers’ pellets you provide rather than their usual omniverous diet of grass, worms, unsuspecting slow worms etc. It was a case of killing two birds with one stone (a rather unfortunate pun).
However, last Wednesday, DEFRA extended the Prevention Zone until the end of February. I appreciate that there isn’t a lot they can do apart from tell us to maintain bio-security protocols, especially since they are blaming migratory wild birds, but there will have to come a time when the restrictions are lifted regardless. Maybe we just have to accept that the disease is endemic and live with the consequences. In the meantime, we have to deal with frustrated chickens who are used to being free-range.