It is important to be sure your flock is well cared for, receive appropriate food and water and have ample space to remain healthy. Clean the water and food containers daily to prevent disease. If birds are housed in a building, it will be necessary to clean and disinfect the floors often or daily. Housed animals of all kinds need adequate fresh air.
Those who allow their animals in the barnyard to roam about and forage have healthier birds. This is how most preppers raise their birds. We know how important it is to treat the animals with regard to their health instead of only trying to get the biggest meat birds or most eggs. There is a trade-off, but it is worth it to make sure the flock and humans are healthy. The consequences of not providing proper care to the flock can be costly.
Which brings us to the concept of putting distance between the home and the flock. It is important to keep the flock in a location as far away from the home as is possible. If you have to take a little hike to look after them, good. It is better for you and them. If you want to see what they are doing and if they are safe, add one or two security cameras to the pen and barn. Then you will know if there are foxes in the hen house day and night. The distance from the coop and good hygiene and safety practices will help prevent the risk of salmonella or other livestock related diseases.
Let’s not let prepper flocks become a source of concern as the global poultry industry, including China’s recent H7N9 outbreak that caused many farmers to panic and destroy their flocks.
Last month’s news about H7N9 virus (avian flu) in Chinese flocks brings to light the differences between a family farm and a commercial operation, not only in China, but around the world.
Given that commercial farms often raise fowl in large buildings with little wiggle room, it is no surprise that diseases spread through a flock quickly. The fear of H7N9 virus infecting humans who tend them and then spread through the human population caused Chinese farmers to decide to destroy their flocks of chickens, ducks, and all manner of fowl.
The possibility of finding H7N9 in the Chinese farmers’ flocks seem to bring panic to these farmers with good reason, as you will see in the following video.
It seems they have good reason to act out of fear. Make sure you read the subtitles clear to the end. You may have to click pause to read all of them since they go by at the speed of the speaker.