Avian Flu need help please!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by EthanTheChicken, Jan 23, 2017.

  1. EthanTheChicken

    EthanTheChicken Just Hatched

    Hi I'm very new here so please help as I only joined 30 mins ago! As you backyard poultry keepers already know the Avian Flu is being a real pain I have kept chickens for two and a half years now and I know a lot! I have never had any problems with the Flu before. I have recently made a big chicken coop about 12 meters long and 4 meters wide! I have bough chicken and rabbit wire to cover the roof and sides it's a circle about 1 inch round! I was wondering about Robbins and Blue Tits etc flying over and pooing, there poo will fall through the wire but I was wondering is that enough to stop the flu killing my birds? Please reply ASAP as I need to know!!

    Many thank!!! :)
     
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  2. Mak24456

    Mak24456 Out Of The Brooder

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    Where do you live? And why do you want wire over the roof? A picture would be helpful :)
     
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  3. EthanTheChicken

    EthanTheChicken Just Hatched

    I have covered the roof with mesh and some of the side! I have got a picture of it being made! Hope this helps!:/ Sorry I don't know how to send a picture!!
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!

    Where do you live?
    Good to put your general location in your profile.

    Not sure Robins and Blue Tits carry AI.....it's mostly waterfowl in the wild that carry it, as far as I know.
    But yeah, if an infected bird flying over drops a turd into your run, it could infect your birds...but it's not very likely.

    Wonders why you are suddenly so alarmed about AI if you've had birds for a couple years.
     
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  5. EthanTheChicken

    EthanTheChicken Just Hatched

    I recently made a new coop and I knew about the avian flu but only this year! they were in my poly tunnel since it first started on 6 December 2016 but now they are in there new coop as I thought it would be okay sometimes Robbins sit on the top of my coop and they have pooed in there but as you said I don't think Robbins and blue tits and chaffinches carry the flu! Is it mainly waterfowl like ducks geese and other large birds like seagulls and crows! I have had a lot of starlings flyover my coop though! :rolleyes::rolleye:rolleyes:
     
  6. BittyBantamMom6

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    Hello. I am a UTM student, and I very recently attended a national poultry association meeting. At the meeting we discussed avian influenza. From the information I gathered from the meeting I will give you some suggestions. First, you should find out if you are located in a major flyway for wild waterfowl. Second, if you have a water source such as a pond that waterfowl stop at you should find a way to keep them away from your coop. Third, Wild waterfowl droppings will certainly spread the disease so if you are truly worried cover the roof. Fourth, look for any evidence of wild turkey nearby. Turkey are very susceptible to the disease, and generally die within 2 day of catching it, but this is still plenty of time to spread disease. Fifth, NO free ranging where wild waterfowl or turkey roam. Sixth, try to find the stress levels of your flock. Outdoor poultry tend to stress less than poultry inside a building. Stressed birds are more likely to actually die from the disease. All of these suggestions are mainly for if you are located in a major flyway. You should know that avian influenza is truly only a major issue for large poultry barns since the birds are kept indoors and are extremely susceptible to many diseases. The only wild birds that were discussed at the meeting were waterfowl and Turkey, so don't worry too much about the small songbirds. I hope this helps you.
     
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  7. thomasboyle

    thomasboyle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for this info. I am doomed! My coop is 100 feet from my 2 acre pond which has wild mallards, canadian geese, wood ducks and cranes. My coop is 50 feet from the woods, and I have a resident flock of 40+ wild turkeys. I've been raising chickens and ducks for 4 years with no problems. But out of curiosity, what does AI look like when a chicken gets it?
     
  8. BittyBantamMom6

    BittyBantamMom6 Out Of The Brooder

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    Well I'm not certain for outdoor poultry, but with poultry barns they will look fine for a day or two, then all get very sluggish for a day or two, then they die. But like I said that is a poultry barn so sadly you probably won't know it is there until it is too late
     
  9. BittyBantamMom6

    BittyBantamMom6 Out Of The Brooder

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    Big suggestion to consider. As I said all turkey are very susceptible. If your resident will turkey start dying, then it is in your area
     
  10. thomasboyle

    thomasboyle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So far so good. The turkey population has been growing each year. Started out as a flock of 15-20 and has grown to 40+ this year. And that's with coyotes, foxes and bobcat in the area.
     

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