Free-range chickens in the United Kingdom can finally roam outside again as the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) on Thursday (April 13) lifted the order for all farmed birds to stay indoors.
The birds were ordered to stay indoors after a number of outbreaks of bird flu across Europe.
Lakes Free Range Egg Company is among those affected by the restriction. Adding a label saying the company’s free range hens were kept in barns added a cost to production. Fortunately, sales didn’t fall.
The lifting of the restriction ended of a tough time for the company’s 65 farms.
But when the gates opened at the Lakes Free Range Egg Company’s farm in Stainton, its 3,000 chickens didn’t all rush at once. They were a little shy after being kept inside for four months.
Free-range farms are not out of the woods yet as there are still conditions in place to try to prevent the spread of the disease.