Avian Influenza: What you need to know, not fear

Migratory waterfowl (ducks, geese and swans) are the natural reservoirs and serve as carriers for avian influenza viruses. These birds do not get sick from the infection but shed the virus in their feces and contaminate bodies of water such as lakes, rivers and ponds. People and animals or objects that come in contact with infected manure from these birds may then spread the virus to susceptible domestic poultry such as chickens ...

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Grower touts benefits of mortality freezers

He [Willin] said the challenges he’s had in composting include flies, wildlife intrusion and managing litter quality and the freezers have virtually eliminated them.  Flies have been “drastically reduced” on the farm, he said, vultures visiting the farm are no longer an issue and odor has greatly improved. It also saves labor by not having to clean the channel composter between flocks, which Willin said equates to about a full day’s work.  “The last time we touch the birds is when we drop them in the freezer,” Willin said. 

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