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Basic chicken needs and some legalities: part 1

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Certain regulations apply to the keeping of chickens as they are not legally considered pets. Ignorance of husbandry of chickens is rife, despite the fact that there are around 3 million backyard chicken keepers in the UK. The five basic welfare ‘freedoms’, or needs, are described plus basic husbandry, as vets should be able to give useful and high-quality welfare advice to chicken keepers and avoid health hazards for the hens and the owners.

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