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Duck weed and the bird flu

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by stew1, Oct 12, 2015.

  1. stew1

    stew1 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a pond full of duck weed in my back yard and want to dry a bunch to mix with there feed but am wondering if geese can transfer bird flu through it? Might be a dumb question but ya don't know till ya ask. Thanks
     
  2. boskelli1571

    boskelli1571 Overrun With Chickens

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    Not a dumb question at all! In fact, I don't know either...however, if you have had wildfowl in the pond, personally I would not take the chance.
    Since the USDA are at a loss as to how/why the outbreaks have occurred, I think it wise to err on the side of caution. [​IMG]
     
  3. MysteriaSdrassa

    MysteriaSdrassa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Highly douptfull,, especialy once it is dried. I did a lot of study and posting on this in other threads earlier this spring when the outbreak occured. AI has a relatively short viability time, meaning that it dies within a a few days if it can't incubate This time is directly linked to temperature,, that is,, the higher the temp, the faster it dies. If I remember correctly, at 70-75 it takes a week to die,, at 80 degrees a few days, at 100, several hours, etc.. It also dies off quite quickly in dry conditions so the drying would also help in killing it off IF and I stress IF,, it were contaminated in the first place.
     
  4. boskelli1571

    boskelli1571 Overrun With Chickens

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    Interesting info on www.AVMA.org go to the Avian influenza FAQs' - it may help you determine whether/how you will use the duck weed. [​IMG]
     

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