THIS IS JUST AN FYI !!! I'M POSTING IT SO MORE PEOPLE OUT THERE BECOME AWARE !!! Has anyone out there ever heard of a bird disease called Avian Trichomonosis? Well it's apparently running rampant here where I live. So many birds have been found either dead or dying from this protozoa and it can be transmitted from wild birds to your poultry through the sharing of water containers! I'm worried about my chickens and my geese. Right now it's in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties as well as a portion of the San Francisco Bay area. They're telling people to put up any wild bird feeders and bird baths you have out right now for at least the next three weeks. This disease is nasty. Within about 10 days, the birds will be dead from it. The protozoa get into their host bird through contaminated water and feed. Once inside, they take up residence in the mucous lining around and in the mouth, esophagus and throat. There it reproduces and forms a kind of waxy, sticky yellow bump or small mass inside those areas. The birds will be seen gasping or even just sitting with their mouths hanging open and their feathers fluffed up like they do when they don't feel well. In the very late stages birds will have blood spewing from their eyes and noses and by this time it's too late.