EU Chicken Feed
....in these hard times, I suspect that the gadget of the year is that fantastic, self-powering device that turns kitchen food waste into delicious, chef-ready protein in a handy capsule. It's the chicken. Less than £10 for a good layer, lives in the garden, great talking point.
Under the UK Animal By-Products Order 1999 (as amended) it is illegal to allow livestock or wild birds access to catering waste which contained meat or products of animal origin, or which came from a premises handling meat or products of animal origin.
Catering waste is defined in the EU Regulation as ‘all waste food including used cooking oil originating in restaurants, catering facilities and kitchens, including central kitchens and household kitchens.’ This definition also includes catering waste from vegetarian restaurants and kitchens. The Regulation does not make a distinction for catering waste which is only vegetable matter...
...If you keep poultry, you may compost your kitchen scraps at home, but you must do so in an enclosed container.
Don't blame me that you can't feed you chickens scraps - it is an EU law and we all know that they don't do such things on the continent..