Half of free-range poultry have been culled because of bird flu in the UK
In the United Kingdom, half of free-range turkeys and geese produced for Christmas have been culled or have died because of the bird flu, according to the British Poultry Council.
Around 600,000 of the 1.2 million to 1.3 million free-range turkeys and geese grown for Christmas have been lost. While there could be a shortage of free-range Christmas poultry, there are no issues with supplies of other birds.
Of the approximately 11 million turkeys produced annually in the UK, 1.6 million have died from bird flu or had to be culled.
For more than a year, Britain has been affected by bird flu, with nearly 140 cases reported since the beginning of October.
Britain is also currently facing egg shortages and rationing that is expected to last beyond Christmas.
According to the British Free Range Egg Producers’ Association, 750,000 laying hens have faced, bird flu-related culling since the beginning of October, compared to 1.8 million last year.