North Florida County Fair--Dirty Birds/Illness Problem HELP!!

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by crystal1957, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. crystal1957

    crystal1957 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey everyone. Need your help and advice. Entered a couple of birds this year in the county fair like I usually do. When I came back the day after the judges made their rulings, I was told by the chairperson that there had been some problems with dirty birds.

    She told me that the 4H birds (17 of them) had fowl pox but were okayed last week by the NPIP rep in Tallahassee. They had no more external sores. She also told me that they called in a VET during the fair to check on all the birds. She said that the vet didn't check anyone's throat for wet pox either. It gets better...

    There were several birds with black crusty wattles, not all of whom were roosters...didn't look good...

    She also said that these 4H birds were full of mites and everytime she does the water and feed in their cages the bugs jump on her. She said she pulled some from her own neck...

    She said she was told just to separate these sick birds by four or five empty cages...so as not to bother all the other birds, including my own. And the vet said that should be fine.

    I AM SICK ABOUT ALL OF THIS--I want to go tomorrow and pull my birds from the show... I have earned some blue ribbons, plus a small cash prize. My signed agreement says have to leave the birds there all week until Sunday...

    Can they legally withhold my ribbons and cash prize if they are at fault, putting my birds and other birds at risk? I wonder if a vet could be so sure of everything...

    When I went last night to look at my rooster, he was gasping for air, with his back, like he had something stuck in his throat. He did it about 4 or 5 times.

    Can anyone give me some great advice and reassure me please?
     
  2. Nava

    Nava I Got The Naked Neck Blues

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    Wow how Horrible, I was thinking to show my pullet but Now I have to think twice, I hate to bring something back to my flock, Not Worth it.

    Sorry, but I have no advice, never been in that situation, hopefully some one can help you here.... [​IMG]
     
  3. oldchickenlady

    oldchickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had thought about showing at the fair too, just for fun, but after going to one fair and seeing how close all the cages are, I decided not to risk it. As for as your prize and ribbons, I would ask whoever is in charge about this situation and why the birds were allowed to show, and why they were allowed to stay! Whatever the outcome of that, I would definitely not bring your birds home and put them in with the rest of your flock. I would get a dog crate or something to quarantine them for a month at least before I put them back with your other birds. I am so sorry this happened to you. I know when we went to the fair (supposed to be the largest and best county fair in the area) some of the birds looked pretty sad! There was only one RIR cockeral and mine would have beat him by a country mile! At first I regretted not showing him, but then I looked at all the cages, the crowded conditions, all the people crowding around and was sooo glad I didn't! Oh and not to mention the heat! It was so awfully hot! Good luck with your birds, I hope they didn't pick up whatever diseases those other birds had.
     
  4. Nava

    Nava I Got The Naked Neck Blues

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  5. crystal1957

    crystal1957 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you friends...Keep those comments coming. Does anyone though feel that my birds are safe keeping them there at the fair the rest of the week? Is everyone in agreement that I should pick them up tomorrow?
     
  6. Nava

    Nava I Got The Naked Neck Blues

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    If they were my birds I would not take such a risk, after seen all of that, but if you do bring them home Quarantine them for the sake of your other birds.
    But that's just me.. you make your call what would benefit you and your birds the most.............
     
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I don't show, refuse to even try due to the disease risk, but if it was me, I'd pull those birds out so fast, their heads would spin, then if they tried to hold your prize, scream bloody murder about the lax attitude toward disease you witnessed.
     
  8. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

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    I don't know which is more important to you and please don't take this as a judgement on you, it is not meant to be. Ask yourself, what do you want to do more, possibly get ribbons or possibly have sick birds? It has to be your choice. If you decide to leave them there, I really hope that they will be just fine. [​IMG]
     
  9. crystal1957

    crystal1957 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My gut is to pick them up in the morning... Just wanted to hear that others agreed... ribbons and money don't mean a thing. My Rudy, my RIR rooster, is my pet and my pride and joy. I would want him to go peacefully when nature calls, years from now, not die at a county fair.
     
  10. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Honestly if it were me, and this has nothing to do with the ribbons and money.....I'd leave them and cull them when they are released rather than bring them home. Even with quarentine I'd be worried sick about bringing it home to my other birds. I'm like Cyn......one of the reasons I've no desire to show is exactly this scenario.
     

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