Marek's everywhere! Cases of Avian flu! I'm freaking out!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jannakaye, Feb 12, 2015.

  1. jannakaye

    jannakaye Chillin' With My Peeps

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    AAAAHHHHHH!
    Hide your kids!
    Hide your pets!
    There's disease everywhere!
    Yes, I'm probably going a little nuts here considering my germaphobic nature but EVERYONE IS GETTING DISINFECTED! I'm bleaching the coops and boiling the feeders and waterers. The whole house smells of lysol and I'm seriously considering bringing all the animals inside. (Yes, that includes the horse.) Ahh the beauty of disinfecting soaps! The sound of wild geese overhead is causing panic through the household and the neighbors think I've finally lost it, with my gloves and buckets of water and soap and various other cleaning supplies.
    Has anyone seen that hazmat suit I had for Halloween?
     
  2. Buck Oakes

    Buck Oakes Chillin' With My Peeps

    woah wait we have some diseases in MS , which ones !? tell me i need to start disinfecting!, and we have a ton of wild geese come in everyday! help!
     
  3. jannakaye

    jannakaye Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not sure if avian flu is here yet but there's always a chance that wild geese have brought it in. The H5N1 strain is what they're seeing right now and it's mutated and can infected dogs, cats, ferrets, and poultry. There's an thread that tells about it, I'll post the link.
     
  4. jannakaye

    jannakaye Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It won't let me post the link for some reason but here's what the thread says:
    "December 24, 2014
    "Highly pathogenic avian influenza has been diagnosed in a small backyard flock in Oregon and wild birds in Washington State. For updates you can go to Http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/ahfss/animal health/avian influenza.html

    Helpful Hints:

    1. Keep ducks safe by keeping domestic ducks away from the fecal matter of wild birds
    2. Fence ponds and pastures to keep domestics away from fecal matter of wild birds
    3. Once migration season is over, hopefully these restrictions can be removed
    4. Wash your boots after visiting any other farms, so you don't contaminate your own flocks
    5. Wash down your pens where bird droppings accumulate more often with a bleach ora disinfectant solution.
     
  5. jannakaye

    jannakaye Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's some more from amykins:
    It's pretty bad. Apparently the virus affecting the west coast is a strain of H5N1, which can be deadly to humans (although it's highly dependent on the strain of the virus, which there are dozens), but it's almost always fatal in infected animals. H5N1 has also mutated to infect seals, dogs, cats and ferrets, so if you have a house pet, DO NOT LET IT OUTDOORS or touch noses with ANY animal outside of your home!

    Sorry, not trying to be alarmist, it's just in my line of work when an outbreak like this happens there's nothing we can do. We can't allow an infected animal to risk spreading the virus to other pets that come into the clinic, and antiviral drugs are largely ineffective.

    I feel really bad for the ducks and geese that migrate here to WA and Vancouver. :/
     
  6. Buck Oakes

    Buck Oakes Chillin' With My Peeps

    k thanks for letting me know, i don't want to kill the geese but i might let a dog out and let it run them around or get a sling shot, thanks :)
     
  7. Drea07

    Drea07 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello! This is the first time I am posting in BYC and my first time with owning chickens and ducks. So still learning my way around.

    I wanted to jump in and give an update and some questions about the avian flu. I just got my duckies and chicks a week ago and the avian flu has sprung up really bad in my state. I'm in Minnesota, as of today the news has reported 9 turkey farms in the state have tested positive and will lose their entire flock. The U of M is expecting to see it get worse as more birds migrate back into the state with the warmer weather.
    Where I live we have about 30 wild turkey's that wander around. So now I am very very worried about my chicks and duckies going outside to their coops when they are done.

    I'm I worrying to much or do my worries hold some merit with all the wild turkey's that are constantly walking through my property??
     
  8. Buck Oakes

    Buck Oakes Chillin' With My Peeps

    keep your birds inside, i usually never say this since i free range and usually recommend free ranging but u have to keep yours inside until its all gone
     
  9. Drea07

    Drea07 Out Of The Brooder

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    I will have to do that. Sure wish there was a way to make the turkey's stay away.
     
  10. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    This flu is primarily carried by migrating waterfowl. Everyone needs to keep their chickens where poop cannot contaminate domestic poultry.
     

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