THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR EVERYONE'S CONCERN ABOUT THE DUBOIS COUNTY AI ISSUE!
I would have been on sooner, but between work, family, and sitting on my hands waiting for the phone to ring with the results of the AI testing, it's been a little crazy. And not having WIFI doesn't make things any easier either. I hate posting from my phone.
So here's my update: Sunday the state vets came by and swabbed 10 birds. Thankfully, they all had decided to go ahead and roost for the evening (at 4:30, please spring, hurry...) so I didn't have any trouble getting 10 different birds for them. The vet and his assistant were there in the full suit PPE equipment, so that was good that they were serious about taking the precautions. They told me I would hear back by TODAY. In the meantime, I have heard that even chickens are being put down now - whether that is commercial flocks or the 27 backyard flocks in the buffer zone. Hearing that they are culling chickens and not knowing where and why (because they are close to the turkeys...without confirmation of being infected....WHY!!) is very frustrating.
It is very hard being at work right now. I am waiting for a phone call, thinking that when I get home from work today, there will be a team of people waiting and ready to cull my flock. Right now it's around 18 birds. Some of them were expensive for a single girl trying to have a hobby. None of that matters to this disease or the people working against it.
So, other than that, I am getting the same news from BOAH as everyone else sees. I've been checking my local news sights about every hour or so.
On another note...
The silkies I ordered and put in the incubator around Christmas have arrived! After several days of having humidity issues, things got under control and I watched them grow, praying I would at least get a couple to hatch.
This weekend, my DF and DB came over to put some roofing on my coop and one chick had come out, one was halfway out and the rest had pipped. The room I have them in has no over head light, but has light switches that are connected to the outlets - weirdest set-up ever. As we are leaving the room because who doesn't want to see new life coming into this world?! my dad hits the switch. It didn't register with my at that moment, but I go check on things an hour or so later and everything is cold! I'm freaking out and discovered that the switch turned everything off!
I quickly got things going again and check the chicks in various stages of hatching. The chick that was out was still breathing, so I grabbed it and held it in front of a heater and after about a half hour, it was moving pretty good. The one that was half way out didn't make it. That left 4 eggs. 3 came out no problem and the last one got about 3/4 out. It had some of the yolk and stuff still hanging out and I tried my best over a day and a half to keep it going, but it didn't make it. Out of 7 eggs shipped to me, I got 4 chicks!!! They are the cutest!
Just in case my outside flock is infected, I am being extra careful in making sure I sanitize my hands, etc. before going into my brooder room.
Again, thanks for everyone's concern and well wishes. This has definitely been an eye opening experience!
Hope they spare your flock. This is so heartbreaking.
@Mother2HensSigh. Sadly just as I thought and feared. The fact that the cold is slowing things makes me shudder to think those poor birds suffering is probably being prolonged. Insert lots of sad faces here (can't find them on my phone!)
This article in today's paper confirms the method in which many of us have been speculating...
Just sick over this.