Because some people are so thick the law was made to cover everybody.
No meat products,so kitchen waste was banned because of thick people putting meat in the waste,its common sense really,but so many have lost that trait these days.
if it has been in the human food chain it may be contaminated with a variety of pathogens which may harm livestock or human health.
not just chucks iirc all farm stock have a similar rule to curb the spread of fam , swine flu etc etc etc
if you trim it outside they can have the bit you dont want but if you do it in a kitchen they cant.
overall it does make good sense to have biosafe fodder.
chooks have a vegetarian * rule as well, good job defra never saw mine eat a hedgehog or steal my breakfast or use a pig as a digger to eat baby rats in the nest.
* there might be a few exceptions for fish meal etc .
if they free range and help themselves to critters that is ok by defra it is the human food chain waste which is the problem.
hope that helps and is broadly accurate, tis a bit complex even with the regs to hand.
||You should see what mine used to do with shrews and mice! Definitely mini dinosaurs!|
||nice happy looking chooks mr sky, it is good to see young little brown hens outside doing hen things rather than having to learn in retirement if they are very lucky|
||Yes, they are and they don't spend much time in that pen, it's just to keep the fox off 'em at night. Having said that one of the little rascals stayed out last night. Don't know where it went but it was back this morning.|
||Thanks for the answers peeps. I think common sense has vanished from the UK these days.|
I remember years ago seeing our neighbour's hens fighting vigorously over a mouse that one of them had caught.
I may be wrong, but I don't think wild mice are the most pathogen free creatures around.
Some friends of mine had to built a special "hen food preparation kitchen" in order to keep the local inspectorate of chucks happy! and it had to be so far from the household kitchen and approved! All so that they could sell the surplus eggs. Luckily they were rich!
On our regular holiday in Cornwall, the hens went into the farm house, we collected eggs from all the crannies, barns with our arms in the hay and straw, even a nest or 2 in a cow shed feed passage there was no hen house there or nest boxes and the biggest cockerel ruled the roots but the smaller ones seemed to do ok too! This was, after all, the 1950's, when we knew nothing, and probably had the best eggs of my era.