Denmark Allows Chickens Outside

Danish chickens are finally allowed to go outside after five months under quarantine.

Poultry farms in Denmark had to keep the domestic birds locked indoors since November 2016 as a preventive measure to stop the spread of avian influenza.

“There will always be a risk of bird flu, but it is now lower than before,” said Per Henriksen, the veterinary director at Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (DVFA).

“Moreover, many chickens have been kept indoors for a long time, often in conditions that are not suitable for them when the weather gets warmer.”

The restriction worked for Denmark as the country has been much less affected by bird flu than other European countries.

More than eight million birds were culled in Europe while Denmark only had two outbreaks in small flocks. There were 81 wild birds found dead due to the disease since the preventative measure was implemented.

The country has been declared a bird flu-free zone and exports to a number of countries, including South Korea, have resumed.

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