Hens freed as bird flu restrictions ease

Around the country chickens are being set free as bird flu restrictions forcing owners to keep their birds in captivity are eased.

Government restrictions have meant chickens have been under house arrest - holed up in their coops - since December.

But the threat of bird flu has now decreased according to officials.

So just in time for Easter, poultry are being allowed to roam free and among them are a pair of rescue hens, Sleepy and Stripe.

Their owner, Andrew Lebbon from Teignmouth in Devon, is now looking forward to taking on more hens.