How bad is AI? Could it affect my backyard chickens?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Kadu, Mar 10, 2015.

  1. Kadu

    Kadu Chirping

    Sep 11, 2014
    Fayetteville, AR
    I'm just worried about my birds. Does anyone know anything about this? or had to deal with AI before? What are the signs for a standard backyard flock?

    Thank you
  2. Sonya9

    Sonya9 Songster

    Feb 7, 2014
    Jones County, Georgia
    You are referring to avian influenza? I'm no expert but from what I have read it is usually transmitted to backyard chickens when they have contact with migratory waterfowl.

    As far as signs and symptoms, in wild birds the symptoms range from none at all to death, there are many strains of AI so the lack or severity of illness is largely dependent on the strain involved. Just be aware that if you have your flock tested and they test positive the state may cull all your birds.

    Personally since I don't live on a lake with wild waterfowl I am not even slightly concerned about it.
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2015
  3. Kadu

    Kadu Chirping

    Sep 11, 2014
    Fayetteville, AR
    Yes I am. Thank you very much for the info, Sonya9.

    We do have a pond that attracts all kinds of wild fowl, but my chickens don't go anywhere near it.
    I really shouldn't worry about it...
  4. tarahharlin

    tarahharlin Songster

    Dec 29, 2014
    Salt Lake City, UT

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