Newcastle disease is spreading fast in California backyard flocks!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Bonnie Gruenberg, Aug 20, 2018.

  1. Bonnie Gruenberg

    Bonnie Gruenberg In the Brooder

    Jun 20, 2017
    Lancaster County, PA
    My Coop
    Poultry buyers use caution when buying birds from southern California. Virulent Newcastle Disease is spreading quickly, it appears.
    The first infected flock was identified on May 18th. Since then, there have been *106* confirmed infected flocks in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties, and now VENTURA county. ALL are exhibition and/or backyard flocks. Many thousands of backyard chickens in or near these groups have been euthanized.
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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
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  3. Oh, no!
  4. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Crossing the Road

    Mar 21, 2016
    Maricopa, AZ. (near Phoenix)
    I heard that this started from the poultry shows over there, and then spread to the whole flock once the owner's brought them back home.
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  5. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Crossing the Road

    Jun 23, 2013
    The Big Island/Hawaii
    Thanks for the update ...
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  6. I’m just sickened by this. Scared for my flock in Northern California.
    A local flock of juncos is driving me crazy. Can’t keep them out of my run and don’t want them spreading illness (or parasites) to my girls. Had to get some out of the coop when I got home late after board meeting tonight. I really need to replace the chicken wire top of my run with hardware cloth, but haven’t gotten to it. Used bird netting at first, but wild birds were getting hurt and I didn’t have the heart to let that continue. Sorry, went a little off topic there.
    This Virulent Newcastle’s epidemic (?) is scary.
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  7. Bonnie Gruenberg

    Bonnie Gruenberg In the Brooder

    Jun 20, 2017
    Lancaster County, PA
    My Coop
    I hear you. I have sparrows that get right into the netting.
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  8. Brahma Chicken5000

    Brahma Chicken5000 Araucana Addict

    Sep 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    I talked to a woman who works for the USDA and she said that the Newcastle disease was brought in from a fighting cock from Mexico.
  9. GrannyHeeney

    GrannyHeeney Songster

    Apr 18, 2018
    Upstate SC
    Had to dig a bit but here's the symptoms:

    How to spot Newcastle disease
    • respiratory distress such as gaping beak, coughing, sneezing, gurgling, rattling.
    • nervous signs characterised by tremors and paralysis and twisting of the neck.
    • unusually watery faeces (diarrhoea) that are yellowish-green in colour.
    • depression.
    • lack of appetite.
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  10. igorsMistress

    igorsMistress Crossing the Road Barefoot

    Apr 9, 2013
    Phoenix AZ
    My Coop
    From what I understand the biosecurity measures taken by inspectors there won't help the situation. Good luck to those of you that live there.
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