Buyers and shipers need to read this

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by zazouse, Feb 18, 2015.

  1. zazouse

    zazouse Crowing

    Sep 7, 2009
    Southeast texas

    SALT LAKE CITY — The acting state veterinarian is warning backyard bird owners — including those who raise urban chickens — to be on the alert for a highly deadly bird virus that acts quickly and kills without mercy.
    At risk is not only the flock of an individual owner but the entire turkey, chicken and egg industry in Utah, valued at $150 million.
    "The most common symptom, unfortunately, is sudden death," said Dr. Warren Hess with the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food.
    The agency issued its warning from the backyard of Curt Cutler's home in Woods Cross, where five chickens deliver more than enough eggs for the family to consume. Cutler said he is not especially worried about his birds catching the disease, but added that he runs a clean coop and knows to take precautions.
    Avian influenza has already hit Idaho, California, Oregon and Washington, with devastating effects, Hess said.

    The state agricultural agency is on high alert, as are the five commercial producers in Utah and the Moroni turkey plant after a wild duck felled by a hunter in Davis County was recently determined to be infected.
    "It shuts down U.S. exports. A lot of countries are not accepting poultry exports from the United States, even if they are coming from the East Coast," Hess said.
    Waterfowl are carriers of the bug but are not affected. The danger is the transmission of the "bird flu" to domesticated birds and poultry. This strain is not transmitted to humans.

    The most common symptom, unfortunately, is sudden death.
    –Dr. Warren Hess, Utah Dept. of Agriculture and Food​
    Hess said the single case in Davis County is cause for alarm, given the highly pathogenic nature of the disease.
    "The fact that we have had only one wild bird diagnosed does not make me comfortable at all," he said.
    Hess said commercial producers have already upped their biosecurity precautions, so much of the onus to prevent any spread of the influenza rests with hobbyists and smaller dabblers in poultry.
    Agency spokesman Larry Lewis said the industry takes the outbreaks extremely seriously. In 1983, an outbreak caused the deaths of about 17 million chickens, turkeys and guinea fowl in Pennsylvania and Virginia. Management of the outbreak cost about $65 million and led to price hikes in eggs of more than 30 percent.
    Lewis said commercial producers often have strict rules for employees that go so far as to forbid any attendance at state or county fairs, mingling with any birds off-hours or any other close encounters.
    Hess said it is best to have strict segregation between poultry and other bird species.
    Utah poultry, he added, is particularly vulnerable because it is a rest stop along the migratory Pacific flyway for millions of birds, and incidental contact would not be out of the ordinary.
    "Our biggest concern is if it gets into our domestic bird population," Hess said.

    Public education campaign

    In an effort to step up awareness, the agency is mounting a public education campaign aimed at helping backyard bird owners reduce their risk.
    A webinar is planned in conjunction with Utah State University from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 25, and a bird safety informational brochure is being distributed to area feed stores.

    A meeting is also being held at 2 p.m. March 10 at the agency, 350 N. Redwood Road.
    Utah Department of Agriculture and Food also has a list of precautionary measures and other information on its website.

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  2. On one of the threads here on BYC there is a statement about a quarartine area where officials were going door-to-door asking non-commercial flock owners if they were voluntarily allow testing of their flocks. The article said about 30% of the flock owners refused to allow testing.

    I won't express my opinion on that. I already have an infraction for stating something about how intelligent some people aren't......

    Evidently the average Joe has no idea how much mass destruction avian flu can do to the economy.
  3. zazouse

    zazouse Crowing

    Sep 7, 2009
    Southeast texas
    People do not always use their heads instead they follow their heart and in this case if the birds test positive their flocks will be destroyed.
  4. I realize the entire flock would be destroyed. But, sometimes people REALLY need to understand that a personal loss just might be for the greater good for a LOT of reasons.
  5. zazouse

    zazouse Crowing

    Sep 7, 2009
    Southeast texas
    I totally agree but you and I both know not everyone will be on board with that [​IMG] they think if they ignore it it will not happen to them.
  6. I know a lot of people that live on the River Denial...... And it's a shame! It scares me to think what the collapse of poultry farms could do to the economy. A lot of people need to realize that if Avian Flu became rampant and millions of chickens from commercial farms had to be destroyed, it would leave a huge hole in the food chain. Not to mention all of the farmers who would lose EVERYTHING, because they couldn't make the mortgage payment.

    Anyone who owns poultry needs to be on the same page. I would hate to think the Avian Flu got a foothold that allowed an epidemic to spread, because some small time chicken owners wouldn't allow their flocks to be tested.

    Off my soap box now.......
  7. zazouse

    zazouse Crowing

    Sep 7, 2009
    Southeast texas
    Yep and it would not take much for this strain to mutate and start killing humans[​IMG]
  8. You have no idea how glad I am that someone else understands..... I mentioned that I thought everyone should have their flocks tested if they were in a quarantine area...... Nuff said on THAT soapbox!
  9. MinxFox

    MinxFox Crowing

    Sep 16, 2010
    Pensacola, FL
    In this case though, wouldn't your flock die anyways if they caught avian influenza? So really if your flock has it and you refuse to have testing done, they will all die anyways and perhaps die a worse death than if they were put down.

    So if what I am thinking is correct, no matter your choice your birds would die if they had avian influenza. So really why wouldn't you allow testing? [​IMG]

    Thanks for posting this article I really hope this can be contained. [​IMG]
  10. The reason for testing and finding positive flocks is so the flock can be destroyed BEFORE the virus spreads.

    So many people don't realize what a catastrophy this is capable of turning into.

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