Still incarcerated Our Yorkshire Farms Amanda Owen gives update on outbreak fears

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Amanda Owen, 46, shared some pictures from Ravenseat farm yesterday as she caught her followers up to speed with their bird flu situation. The star revealed that the family were still keeping the chickens in lockdown so as to not spread the virus any further.

Addressing her 189,100 Twitter followers, Amanda wrote: “Feeding the chickens.”

She then jokingly likened it to the lockdowns we have all been experiencing due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

“They are still incarcerated, in chicken lockdown because of avian flu so are working from home (laying a few eggs),” she continued.

The photos attached showed a couple of her children coming out to feed the birds with their little pony, Tony, in tow.

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Another photo showed the chickens peeking through their coop at the camera.

Amanda first spoke about her farm’s bird flu outbreak back in November 2021, explaining how the family had to capture all the chickens and place them in the barn both to shield them from the disease and, if they are carrying it, to stop them from spreading the flu to others.

Sharing a montage that showed four of her nine children attempting to capture the final chicken, Amanda typed: “A bird in the hand.

“Finally at sundown we get hold of the last chicken that has evaded capture.

“The chickens must now reside in the barn due to bird flu.

“Sidney rules the roost,” she added in reference to her son, who was able to capture the last of the birds.

An outbreak of bird flu in North Yorkshire, where Amanda and her family live, had recently been confirmed at the time.

The H5N1 virus, which is highly contagious and can kill poultry flocks, was reportedly found at premises near Thirsk.

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The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) ordered keepers in Harrogate, Hambleton and Richmondshire to house all birds.

Prof Christine Middlemiss, the UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer, said there was a very low risk to the public.

She said all owners should house their flocks and minimise contact with wild birds.

“The risk is always higher with winter migration after flocks of birds have mingled,” she said.

“Use really clean footwear and clothing when with your birds and minimise the number of people that have contact with them.

“Keep good rodent and pest control because they can carry the virus from dead birds”, she added.

Bird owners must follow strict biosecurity measures to limit the spread of the disease.

Avian flu is spread by close contact with an infected bird, whether it is dead or alive.

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