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Avian Flu and You 1/31/23

Over 52 MILLION chickens have been culled (killed by the hand of man) in 2022 and 2023. And there are now warnings out about backyard small flocks. Let's get into this a little shall we?

I have been searching in vain for a number, even an estimation of how many chickens have died from the bird flu. I am easy, I'll take anecdotal evidence of a farmer coming out to find dead chickens in his coop.

I have found none.Zip, Nada.

I understand that this virus affects large-scale commercial chicken farms more than the backyard flock of the homesteading community but there should be some record of someone finding dead chickens or at least sick chickens showing symptoms.

But what I am finding is this. A government official shows up, tests random birds in the flock, and declares a positive result for H5N1 or its less severe cousin H7N1. The farmer is then given the choice to cull his entire flock (That's kill 'em all in English) and receive a tidy check to help him overcome his loss, OR take a chance, keep his flock, and if they all die later he will get NADA. Nothing. Zilch.

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