Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Lock Down


Our chickens continue their enforced confinement , due to the risk of them contracting Avian Flu from migrating birds, they have to stay in their run.

They’ve adapted pretty well to this change of circumstances, I’ve tried to give them things to entertain, as well as replace the amount of fresh grass  and vegetation they normally graze.  And  I’ll confess, that without thinking about it, that for a few days, I was taking them an armful of windfall apples each day, which they loved (we’ve had a prolific year for apples).

windfall 2

That was, until it occurred to me, that the migrating birds I was trying to keep away from the chickens had probably been grazing on these apples. So much for bio security!

I hasten to add that these apples are very much more munched  than back at the start of the lock down in mid December , when they were whole apples with unbroken skin



Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

6 thoughts on “Lock Down

  1. A very annoying state of affairs for people trying to keep birds in a healthy state.

  2. We didn’t know about the flu until we wre told by an uncle in the UK when he enquired how the chickens were. As it happens, with the snow and cold weather they happened to be inside for the last month. Still many people around here have chickens out and there is no sign of any type of enforcement. Are there checks in the UK?

  3. I didn’t realize that avian flu was threatening again. And I certainly wouldn’t have thought about the transmission of disease via windfall apples. Shows what I know about chicken-herding!

  4. We received notices here about avian flu, too. This is the time of year when thousands of migrating birds winter in this area, making matters worse than usual here. I hope your chickens stay healthy. 🙂

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