I don't even know exactly how the county fair will work for us. We are not showing poultry. Stopping for a car wash and clean up on the way home. The fair is really close to us. DD does not even want to go at all but we are in 4H! What needs to happen is creative alternatives for showing poultry like video entries, need to be figured out soon. We are doing a poster and not going in the barns. We are closer to AI and I personally think that a ban on poultry at fairs here would be best. As devastating as it might be wouldn't it be worse to lose your whole flock? If the state recommends not going to swaps and shows it seems contradictory to then go ahead and have them at fairs and basically say "but if you do show be willing to end up with sick birds""
Oh no! I am so sorry to hear. My neighbor gave his birds up recently due to all the predator issues. I have had raccoon and opossum problems here, and have 2 traps running nightly. Both full every morning. With all the new subdivisions going in, the wildlife have less food and space.. There are few animals left, such as cougar, to eat them, so they just continue to populate. Disease starts, they look for other food sources, so on.
so they invade the farms.. Unfortunately, those who trap and release also fuel the problem. One staple pops, or a board rots, and you are at risk of predators. Released predators have no chance to survive, and usually die in the road, or in another trap. This is just my opinion from 5 years of animal control and working with DNR on trapping, releasing and predator animals. There is no good answer, and really fuels a lot of debate. I was a wildlife rehabber for several years until I saw the truth, first hand myself.