Geez, I feel awful that I didn't post about this sooner. For some reason I thought that if I did so, it would be construed as "flaming" and I'd be banned by the mods. Luckily, I don't think that any swaps have actually taken place in the interim, since the only one that I think would have gone down was cancelled due to weather.
At any rate, I was one of those "lucky few" who purchased potentially infected birds at one of the swaps. (My one and only ...) I was contacted by a (very nice) tech who works for NH Department of Agriculture informing me that the flock I'd purchased from tested positive for MS and MG. I stupidly (STUPIDLY) assumed that, because they were NPIP tested, they would be safe to co-mingle with my incoming hatchery birds, even though I had this "gut feeling" (or was it eight years of schooling and just as many years of breeding other communal species??) that told me that I needed to quarantine, no matter what the source.
Long story short (not), I spent the week in between my birds being tested and getting the results back looking sadly out at my new flock (having just gotten back into chickens after 10-odd years) with the knowledge that I would most likely have to humanely destroy all of them. Arguably worst of all, one of the two I purchased from the offending breeder had become my hands-down favorite -- so even in the off-chance that the disease hadn't spread, if they tested positive, she would have to be one of the culls.
I was very, VERY lucky. My two tested negative -- in the words of the tech, "Not really sure how that happened!" -- and I ended up getting NPIP certified as a sort of "bonus." It drove home that critical lesson about quarantine, though. That, and testing -- if you can test for a given disease, why wouldn't you? The tech informed me that hatchery birds are NOT all free of MS and MG and that those diseases are virtually endemic in NH, so it isn't a bad idea to get your flock tested for those diseases if you want to be truly safe. (According to the tech, it costs $1/bird, which is far cheaper than any other livestock disease testing that I know of.)
Anyway, just had to share/vent my story ... I am so very grateful that I DON'T have to cull my very favorite chicken. (Not to mention all those other birds -- I kinda like them, too )
Now for the relevant part. Mods, I have read the rules and I truly hope that this is not construed as flaming. I feel the utmost sympathies for this woman that this is happening to her (though if she is the one still selling birds despite the quarantine, then my sympathies have now significantly diminished).
Also -- to the director of the NH swaps, you ROCK for being so proactive and I feel so stupid and ****** at myself that I didn't inform you sooner. I (again -- STUPIDLY) assumed that the state of NH would have informed you, but it sounds as though that either wasn't the case or didn't occur soon enough. So, please accept my apologies for ASSuming that you already knew about this not insignificant issue!
Edited by Snakedoc - 5/21/13 at 5:04am