Keeping our birds under cover in the first place will be very difficult for some of us. We have friends with ducks that live on an open pond and roost in a floating duck house. Netting over this simply isn’t an option, and the birds themselves are semi-wild and catching them might prove almost impossible.
However, I suspect some people who could do this haven’t, through ignorance and possibly indolence. Only yesterday we drove past a farmyard and watched a large gaggle of geese steam across it. If birds like this become infected and exclusion areas imposed, this will just prolong the lockdown.
Right now our hens and ducks seem to be managing OK. The ducks are bored and agitated, the chickens more phlegmatic, but tempers are shorter than usual and the senior birds seem more inclined to have a pop at the junior ones, especially at meal times, but thus far nobody is going without.
I’m also aware that forcing everyone into a smaller space means that should there be any illness it’s more likely to be passed around, which in a slightly grim way is rather ironic.