Originally Posted by Beer can
Perhaps I didn't clarify myself.@Beekissed
agree with you entirely. ..Wild birds, far ranging ducks and geese, always been here, never any problems.@Fire Ant Farm
I think I'm already doing what you suggest.
My birds sure as heck are not in a "sterile environment" neither are our children Lol! Sure ain't raising 'bubble boy' kids!
I just mean I will not introduce any poultry onto our property unless I know they are from a disease free flock.
There's many diseases to be worried about, some of them just as devastating as AI.
Beer, that's the beauty of having a strong flock....you don't have to worry about outside influences to your flock. I bring in birds from all kinds of sources and no quarantine period needed. Strong immune systems on birds are much like strong immune systems on nurses....we are exposed to every possible pathogen out there but rarely, if ever, contract the disease...and that's not because we use good hand washing, because most do not. Exposing a strong person to pathogens gives them a chance to create antibodies for a wide range of illnesses, the more the better.
Same goes for your birds...instead of isolating them from other flocks and birds for fear of getting disease, exposing strong animals to possible disease vectors is part of building a stronger flock. Bringing in those outside birds can tell you where you need work in your flock's immune system, if necessary. It can also tell if the bird you just brought in is a strong bird, when it is exposed to the existing germs in your own flock and does fine with them.
No, I don't deliberately go out and get diseased birds to expose my flock to, but neither do I even give a pause about bringing in visually healthy birds right into it. I'm confident in my flock's abilities to withstand disease vectors by now and gladly welcome the proof of those hardy immune systems by the seamless integration of new stock.
No need for fear when you've built strong. If, after that, you still get a disease in your flock, you'll know it's time to either go back to basics and build stronger or hang up the feeders and close up shop.