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Although necessary to control the spread of Avian Influenza, you’ll be aware that restricted access to the range can pose additional challenges to maintaining a flock’s welfare.
The sudden change in environment and routine can create increased frustration and stress in free-range birds.
There are, thankfully, some steps you can take to mitigate these problems.
For example, biosecure winter gardens or verandas are great ways of providing birds with natural light and fresh air.
Also, additional litter space can reduce stocking density in the house and provide more enrichment areas.
Here are some more tips from the RSPCA’s poultry welfare experts, which we hope you’ll find a useful reference: