Originally Posted by tmorgan46 @annabellaknits
,I've read through your response a couple of times and I'm still confused. What is AI? And the ducks carry it more than chickens but don't get it, but then did I understand correctly that ducks get it easier than chickens?? We keep our ducks and chickens separate except for very rare occasions. And did the folks teaching the class say what the root cause of AI is? How does it initially affect the flock or a bird?Thanks in advance, I appreciate your response.
Every poultry owner should know about AI. It is avian influenza same as the flu that we gat but the poultry strains are H5 and H7. The class was taught by the state vet.
What I was explaining is that AI is carried by water fowl aka ducks. AI effects water fowl in there guys which doesn't kill them so they carry the virus but you don't know it. When passed to chickens it effects there lungs and it kills them. AI is not common but there have been outbreaks of it in the last two years. When it does hit entire flocks die. And any flock within a specific distance of a known case must be killed to stop the outbreak. Last year it was all over the news when the outbreak happened and over 200000 birds had to be wiped out. You should be able to find a lot of info on the web. Also you can send eggs to the vet and get them tested every six months to get an AI clean certification.