Avian Influenza Outbreak In The US

Discussion in 'Quail' started by dc3085, Mar 25, 2015.

  1. dc3085

    dc3085 Chillin' With My Peeps

    If there was ever a time to tighten up bio-security of backyard flocks, now would be it. AI has made it's way into the US from Canada, spread by waterfowl and other wild birds. If there are too many more confirmed cases interstate shipping traffic will be suspended throughout the US for any poultry or poultry by products. As it is turkey prices will be up come Thanksgiving due to the number of losses suffered by large scale turkey farms.

    At this point it seems (at least in the midwest) that turkeys are accounting for most of the confirmed cases but if it spreads to chickens farms, expect chaos to ensue regarding the market of America's top source of protein. Further, it's possible for AI to spread to humans so it's something everyone should be on the watch for.

    Check your birds daily. If you have a sick bird, REPORT IT, better safe than sorry. Keeping quiet, trying to save one bird or a small flock, is a luxury we can ill afford as a NATION.

    To help curb the spread of the disease please avoid transporting or integrating new birds, into your flocks. If you need more stock, order eggs and hatch them, it's substantially less dangerous.

    Here are some links to get the discussion started about Avian Influenza. The news isn't talking about it and I haven't seen it mentioned on BYC yet, but if one case can be avoided by raising awareness, then it's worth it. Lets get the word around so people can start educating themselves on the subject.


    Wild birds are currently how the disease is spreading, please make sure your freerange birds can't access wild populations and wild birds, can't access the interiors of your cages, or deposit their feces there in.
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  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    We've been discussing it on the Missouri thread since 2 large turkey farms were hit here.
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  3. Fat Daddy

    Fat Daddy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 11, 2010
    It was confirmed 14 miles from my house in a backyard flock last week. the farm was "Depopulated" and quarantined....
  4. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Type Avian Influenza in the search bar. You will find several threads discussing AI.
  5. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
  6. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Sometimes I wonder if the general public realize how serious a large outbreak of AI could be. An epidemic could cause financial havoc to thousands of poultry farms, not to mention poultry processing employees. If the entire poultry industry has to quarantine all of the producing farms, and the Agricultural Dept. stops all poultry from crossing state lines, there may not be chicken in the grocery stores.
  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Yes, this could get very serious. It was only a matter of time before it came to US soil.
  8. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Avian Flu has been here, in all of it's different strains.
  9. dc3085

    dc3085 Chillin' With My Peeps

  10. James the Bald

    James the Bald Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 6, 2013
    Unfortunately, some Americans are clueless on how they get most of their food (besides from McDonalds). Some won't understand the implications until it is too late, and there are others who will believe that as long as they are not affected, it's not their problem.
    Thanks for starting this thread Don.

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