Originally Posted by ChicKat
sometimes when I think about how casual we are or all can be compared to the risk, I do cringe. At times I want to put a big fence around the chicken portion of the property and put up biosecurity signage. Definitely wish that other chicken people who aren't authorized (like chicken-sitter when I am away) would be more aware. -- Non-chicken people less a concern that's for sure.
Had a cockerel with a swollen eye and thought it was MG -- took him to diagnostic Lab at A&M and he tested clean of MG. The vet there impressed on me how rare that was -- and the steps that I would need to maintain MG free chickens.
Here is a link from an article I had written for the CL club's newsletter regarding my discussion with Dr. Moore:
Just one point:
he said it is SO RARE NOT to have MG in a backyard flock that I need to be VERY careful to keep my flock that way. No new birds - no visitors to my pens, strict biosecurity, probably shouldn't go to shows because it could mean exposure to disease.
Everyone has to decide, of course, where their chicken enjoyment is infringed upon by their biosecurity needs......I'm still working on it.
Sometimes, I even worry when the State man comes to test my flock for P/T yearly, and when the man comes annually after P/T is satisfactory, to renew my state seller's license. (how many flocks have you already visited today?) -- I think I would have them walk through bleach baths or something prior to entering.....
.Few years ago, a friend and I went to Mammoth caves in KY, upon exit of which we needed to walk through a disinfectant soaked material so that our shoes would not carry organism of deadly white-nosed bat syndrome out that could infect other bats. Seemed little enough to ask. If the bleach walk-thru was set up before hand -- it wouldn't be too much to ask.
oops better post this and hope the storm hasn't cut the satellite reception
I am the other side of the line of thought. We have wild birds, animals and even the wind that can move nasty germs and bugs. We have common feed supplies and common meeting places. If something is so common that every flock in your area has it, maybe you are better off making sure your birds are exposed to it and develop natural immunities to it.
I know I am older then the majority of people on here. I grew up on this farm, I now own. When we were kids (back in the early 50s). Everyone we knew had birds and animals. we all walked amongst each others birds. Nothing catastrophic happened.
We all ate peanuts and played in dirt mud and cow poop. We survived and did fine. We did not have the asthma and allergies we have now. Opening a package of cracker jacks was a treat to look forward too not a death threat to anyone.
Maybe a little more natural selection of the weak would do all our flocks better so they could truly develop natural immunities.
Here in Minnesota we just survived a devastating AI break out! We heard dire predictions of how the backyard chickens were going to be a thing of the past! Waterfowl were spreading the disease, the sky was falling!
Then when it is over we find out not one backyard flock in the state had AI. They still insist it was wild waterfowl that spread it. How did a wild goose get by all the bio security and into a huge chicken or turkey factory to kill millions of birds but not manage to get into one free ranging family farm flock?
Just saying, no sense worrying too much about it, Things may not be as they seem.
Edited by duluthralphie - 3/9/16 at 8:03am