I have not chimed in on this chicken discussion. I have many types of pets, and I work in an emergency animal hospital. Clothes are changed before I interact with my own animals- however the possiblity of me bringing something to my own is very high. SO, I provide optimum care to my own, and vaccinate, and hope for the best.
There is no vaccine for FIP that actually works, its a kitten killer- and it can wipe out entire shelters, farms, families very fast when it hits. I lost a kitten to it. Sad stuff. Big fear, best I can do is try to keep the contaminates at work, practice bio-security to the best of MY ability. And dont handle sick kittens and then healthy pets. If I have kittens at home, I dont bring home kittens.
Parvo is a puppy killer. It can live in the soil for two years. I brought home a foster puppy that was parvo positive. Could no longer foster puppies. I see people all the time come in with their new purchased or adopted puppy that comes down with parvo. That already had parvo when they got it, but was still in the incubation period. Makes it past the 'five day guarantee' then gets sick five days later. I cant stress vaccinating new puppies enough, and making sure your pets at home are vaccinated before bringing home the new puppy. Moved into your house less than two years? Make sure your puppy is vaccinated twice before bringing it home....unless you have a thousand dollars for hospitalization and proper treatment saved up- and even then its not a guarantee they will live.
Canine influenza can live on a bag of dog food for two weeks. So, if you purchase your dog food at Pets Mart or anywhere that Pets can go- without proof of health or vaccination, and you bring home that bag of food...you put your own animals at risk every day- unless of course, your dog is vaccinated against K9 Flu. If you went out of state and visited friends or family that had a dog that may or may not be carrying k9 flu, and brought your suitcase and clothes home and unpacked...you could be giving your dog K9 flu.
Its a risk that many many many people take.
I like going to Chickenstock. I love getting new chickens from Chickenstock. I have taken chickens to Chickenstock. Nobody has to take anything from me, or anyone. Four H fairgrounds, animal swaps, etc. Its a risk. Some can take it, some cant. Some choose to, some don't. We do not live in a bubble. Whether I bring home birds or not- wild ducks come in my yard, along with every other kind of bird around here. I will not enclose my birds into plastic bio-bubbles to live. I still believe the production farms that keep hundreds of birds in cramped indoor worlds have sicker animals, more disease and more losses than the average backyard farm. They counter what they can by pumping them full of antibiotics, etc. Their losses are not felt like ours. They lose a hundred- its not really a big deal, is it? Not when they have a thousand.
Raccoon roundworm is something to consider. If you garden, walk barefoot, handle soil. Raccoon roundworm infects humans eyes. Can make you go blind. If you handle dead raccoons, or have raccoons on your property, you are at risk.
Nothing like sitting in a doctors office with your kid who is there for a healthy check-up and the kids in there are hacking and coughing and touching and sliming everything. Your kid comes down sick three weeks later.
The talks of what is the right way what is the wrong way is something that nobody is going to agree on. Its like politics and religion. There are many many ways to be right, to be wrong.
My grandparents, great grandparents, and parents had chickens their whole lives. Nobody did any testing. Their chickens didnt live in a bubble, and they were not pumped full of drugs. Was it right? Maybe not, but it is what worked for them. Thankfully medicine has advanced so much that we know things now that wasnt known then. It gives us a choice of how to raise our own.
Best part of all- we all have a choice to make with everything we do in every area of our lives. And we can all still be friends.