Fowl business has Dept on high alert
The game is up for renegade poultry keepers. The Department of Agriculture has announced a clampdown on unlicensed fowl owners, insisting that all poultry premises must be registered.
"This is simply to ensure that the Department has a full picture of where poultry are located, so that it can alert owners quickly in the event of a disease outbreak and also give advice on appropriate precautionary, containment and control measures as soon as possible," the good lads and ladies in Kildare St informed us.
"Anyone who owns, keeps, deals or trades in poultry on a commercial basis or non-commercial basis (however small the enterprise) including small-scale hatcheries and those who operate from vehicles selling poultry, must also be registered," the statement said.
The grow your own, lay your own, boil your own and eat your own phenomenon has quite clearly ruffled a few feathers in Dublin 2.