My dad just emailed me this Boston Globe article about avian flu and it's pretty scary. http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/20..._campaign=email_BG_TodaysHeadline&s_campaign= Apparently they think it is back and in Massachusetts now. They're not sure yet but think it may have been carried by the migrating geese and survived the summer. Most places have implemented strict biosecurity now hoping it doesn't hit and I think the state's doing their best to prevent it but it's still scary. They say unlike other strains this one doesn't seem to affect people but it's still highly contagious and spreads fast. They think the geese have already migrated and moved on but it could survive in the poop and stuff. Thankfully I have not seen any geese this year so this is interesting but obviously it's probably in other birds too. I was planning to free range but now I think I will keep them securely penned for a while too. They turned 7 weeks old today and will be moving outside permanently very soon. We set up the dog kennel yesterday and now just need a roof and the dig skirt. Putting them outside permanently now makes me nervous though, the garage is a very secure and hopefully biosecure area. They are vaccinated for Mereks and on medicated feed but bird flu is different. I am especially nervous though because they say it spreads rapidly and strikes quickly and if even one bird gets it you have to cull your entire flock because supposedly once one gets it they all do. And in my small flock it would spread faster. But they also would maybe stay cleaner and healthier. I can see it being a major financial burden for big farmers though. Probably would even put many in debt or out of business, especially if you have hundreds or thousands of birds. Over the summer (I think that's when it last struck?) they killed millions of birds. They say they think it came from the geese as well as other waterfowl so if you had those fly through be aware I guess. They have already tested a bunch of farms and will be testing I think a couple hundred wild birds this winter. This is very serious so be aware. And yes I realize that often there is a lot of hype for nothing so it may not happen BUT it also very well could as we know from the summer and the virus survives better in the cold and guess what MA is.. cold. though it's been warm lately But yeah, this could be catastrophic so just be prepared and prepare. Could be nothing, could be catastrophic again. You just don't know. Here is the article again, very interesting and more details. http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/20..._campaign=email_BG_TodaysHeadline&s_campaign= Also, I am paranoid so am curious what security measures they use? If you read it mentions powerful disinfectants for tires and shoes, shoe bathes, etc. Is there a particular one? Or is it not really a concern for backyards? Even without bird flu, I don't want to make them sick. But yeah. Just figured I'd share in case anyone hadn't heard yet. I hadn't.