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Iowa facility to euthanize 5.3M chickens after bird flu outbreak

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SIBLEY, Iowa, April 20 (UPI) -- A commercial chicken facility in Iowa is euthanizing 5.3 million hens after bird flu was detected.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service laboratories in Ames, Iowa, conducted testing on the animals after the Osceola County facility experienced an uptick in deaths among its flock.

The chickens tested positive for H5N2 avian influenza, which is considered high pathogenic in birds.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control says it is rare for humans to contract the class of influenza in which H5N2 falls. Though no human infections of the virus has ever been recorded, the recent uptick in U.S. cases in chickens and turkeys could lead to a human infection, the CDC says.

All hens at the Iowa facility were quarantined and were scheduled to be euthanized, the Iowa Department of Agriculture said.

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2015/04/20/Iowa-facility-to-euthanize-53M-chickens-after-bird-flu-outbreak/7611429568632/?spt=sec&or=tn

 
 
 

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US: 46.7 million birds lost to H5N2/H5N8

The USDA APHIS | Animal Health avian flu web page has been updated with five more confirmed H5N2 outbreaks on June 4: one in Nebraska and two each in Iowa and Minnesota. Total loss of birds so far is 46,741,393.

Meanwhile Iowa reports no new outbreaks for the second consecutive day (the outbreaks reported by APHIS were found earlier). Minnesota reports the 40th outbreak in Kandiyohi County. 

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So they say there is a nationwide egg shortage? Shouldn't there be a chicken shortage too? 

Maybe they are going with the egg shortage story because someone is hoarding all the eggs to make vaccines. How about that for a good conspiracy? lol

 

How are vaccines developed for new and seasonal flu viruses?

Several different strains of flu viruses circulate each year. To protect people from infection, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) laboratories develop new vaccines for seasonal flu viruses and animal strains that could become pandemics.

Although researchers are working to develop new ways to make flu vaccines, current flu vaccines start with chicken eggs. New flu strains identified as possible pandemics are injected into an egg to grow before being harvested and made into vaccines.

As our existing flu vaccine production processes improve, our ability to quickly respond to outbreaks and potential pandemics with strain-specific vaccines improves as well.

http://www.flu.gov/prevention-vaccination/vaccine-development/

 

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So they say there is a nationwide egg shortage? Shouldn't there be a chicken shortage too? 

Maybe they are going with the egg shortage story because someone is hoarding all the eggs to make vaccines. How about that for a good conspiracy? lol

Apparently 80% of the culled birds are layers.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/06/05/the-largest-grocer-in-the-texas-is-now-rationing-eggs/

 

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How do you euthanize five million of anything? As if they're going to give them all a shot each. I don't think I even want to know.

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How do you euthanize five million of anything? As if they're going to give them all a shot each. I don't think I even want to know.

​Good question. I have no idea how they do it. Put something in the feed maybe??

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This could be what they use

https://www.avma.org/KB/Policies/Pages/Poultry-Depopulation.aspx

The AVMA supports the use of water-based foam as a method of mass depopulation for poultry in accord with the conditions and performance standards outlined by the US Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS). The following summarizes the conditions under which USDA-APHIS has approved the use of water-based foam for depopulation of poultry:

ETA

http://www.thepoultrysite.com/articles/843/depopulation-methods-for-a-commercial-layer-flock-part-1-and-2/

Cervical Dislocation

Water-Based Foam

Avicides

Gas Killing

Edited by Lilly

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OMG...If you read this, you will never eat chicken again.

17 Chicken Facts the Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know

http://freefromharm.org/animalagriculture/chicken-facts-industry-doesnt-want-know/

12. At the slaughterhouse, chickens are not stunned, but shackled and dragged upside down, fully conscious, through electrified water that paralyzes their muscles so that their feathers will come off more easily after they are dead.

 

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OMG...If you read this, you will never eat chicken again.

17 Chicken Facts the Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know

http://freefromharm.org/animalagriculture/chicken-facts-industry-doesnt-want-know/

12. At the slaughterhouse, chickens are not stunned, but shackled and dragged upside down, fully conscious, through electrified water that paralyzes their muscles so that their feathers will come off more easily after they are dead.

 

​It's brutal. Those animals have no life and a pretty grim death. I've raised laying hens for seven years and I'm raising meat birds for the first time right now. I'm not looking forward to dispatch day at all, but they will have had a good life and a quick, clean death. Humanely raising/slaughtering chickens doesn't scale up though, not at a price people are willing or able to pay.  

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