Off to happier topics- the chicks you may have this year! This is why it us dangerous for me to be on here. I thought I was good with "I don't need to buy any chicks this year we'll make plenty of our own" then you torture me with Lav Amer, Choc Orps and ooo what will your Cuckoo boy create? Last years maran is definitely the daddy of most of the chicks we got from you. He was a busy boy! Not only feathered feet/legs, but we get the most beautiful olive egg from Nutela who we thought was an EE b/c her legs are feather free. Guess we know who her daddy was!
I have to admit, my plans are swaying to less poultry and more waterfowl. I just enjoy them more and they seem to have a longer lifespan. Even more so, the livestock I keep. I have less feed cost and maintenance in the goat, hog, cow and donkey care.
I have a few chicken breeds I really appreciate most, but there will be changes this year. Same with my Turkey and guinea flock.. If I have to cage and confine the birds, I will be rethinking what we keep. The continuing AI scare has me really considering what I keep also. Depopulation of an uninfected flock has me just sick. I cannot fathom killing over 150,000 birds that were not infected! Not OK with that and its got me pretty upset.
I get it, they are trying to stop the spread of the disease. They could have quarantined the facility...instead of killing 156,000 birds! Its got me really wondering what comes next. Just sick over that many birds dead because they lived too close to the turkey farms. Those chickens were tested negative. Died for no reason! I am just not OK with that! I can sure going to face the fight with the state coming here to kill my birds if our county is infected.
I can tell you this, it will be a fight. I agree, the disease needs to be controlled. They will not come in and kill my flocks that are negative AI. Some of my hens are 5, 6 year old girls. Older from other folks homes. Just because I am near an effected site, is not a good reason to kill all my birds and I will fight it.
Edited by flyladyrocks - 1/22/16 at 7:55am