Rain, rain, rain. I am appreciating the work our farmhand did hauling loads of sand into each chicken house. Both the front and back houses would have some flooding in this kind of rain before, and they are dry as a bone now. Sooooo much nicer! Thanks Will!
On the registering...If you are NPIP, you are already registered. They have been keeping track of livestock for a long, long time. I have a reminder letter to my grandfather in the 1930s to do his annual paperwork. I fill out my annual farm surveys. As far as confiscation goes, if anyone tests positive for AI, I hope they do get their flock confiscated and put down! That is a risk for every bird in the vicinity! Far rather lose one flock that many. If one tests positive, that flock gets destroyed, and all flocks within a 10K radius gets repeat testing to make sure it didn't carry. As a biologist, I'm going for the safety factor. As far as enforcing...I'm sure there are lots and lots of people who keep chickens who will never hear of this. They don't chat online, or get the Ag review, or any other source of info. How would they even know?
And for those who say I can support it until it happens to me...in 2012 my entire flock was depopulated due to MG. Over 100 birds. I have been there. Better my little flock than the entire county or state.