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State taking my chickens...
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KatG    Posted 10-14-2004 at 12:55:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Knew something was wrong with acouple of suggested I send them to Little Rock to find the charge..Okay sure...
State vet finds out the have this disease called Mycoplasma G...incurable...something like herpes ...
Live with a few miles of large commerical chicken houses so they consider my little flock a the state quartined me and my birds and are going to destroy them..Period...nothing I can do...
But they are going to pay me $12 per bird...but I have to wait 6 months to strat raising anmore chickens..
This just makes me sick...I love my chickens..and they are great layers...but ...
I will never tell the state anything else about my animals and my business...
Matt says "Bought lessons are the best"...I sure the heck bought this one and it hurts...KAtG

Ennis    Posted 10-14-2004 at 16:29:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Did they say how the disease got to your place?

KatG    Posted 10-14-2004 at 17:47:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It is an airboure disease...or could have gotten here through chickens I bought at a swap meet...even could have been from the chicken litter that the fellow puts on his feild...Seems that it is everywhere but few folks say anything about it...Now I know why...No cure...Vac. to expensive an must be done continually he said...It isn't a bacteria or viral..Could be from wild bird droppings...It is everywhere...KAtG

Les    Posted 10-14-2004 at 15:50:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you had a cow with mad cow disease would you keep it a secret?

KatG    Posted 10-14-2004 at 17:49:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I got cows and sure hope they don't have mad cow disease...I really don't even know the systoms...KAtG

Les    Posted 10-14-2004 at 18:26:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
I wasn't trying to pick on you, KatG, but I think you might want to consider the consequences of your chickens' disease spreading to those places where there are thousands of birds. You're talking about people's livelihoods here. Look at what happened to the beef industry, not just in this country, but around the world when one single cow was found with mad cow disease. It caused pain and hardship for thousands if not millions of people.
I'm sure the state took no pleasure in what they had to do to your chickens. I would say they paid you well for them. We have given over to the government to protect our health, animals' health and our food supply (among other things). I would say that they were doing their job and should not be condemned for it.

KatG    Posted 10-14-2004 at 19:14:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Oh I know you weren't Les...and my husband said about the same thing...I am just feeling sorry for my self and have to wallow in self-pity for awhile but I will pull through...Yes the state paid me good I thought for my birds...enough to get back into the business after the months...KAtG

KellyGa    Posted 10-14-2004 at 15:23:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sorry to hear about your chickens being taken. Thats awful. I love my hens, I don't know what I would do if somebody came in and told me I had to get rid of them. Where I am, legally I am not supposed to have them, but the way my back yard is set up, nobody can see them, and I don't have a rooster to give me away. Don't need a rooster anyway. I just keep a low profile, and keep the neighbor next door happy with fresh eggs. :) As much of a nuisance as other peoples animals are around here, I don't see where anybody has room to complain anyway.

KatG    Posted 10-14-2004 at 18:03:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It is a terrible hurt and shock but I know it is for the best and the state is giving me $12 a bird...which is way more than I thought they would give me..More than fair...Just hate the thought of not having my girls but will get me another flock this spring...KAtg

mojo    Posted 10-14-2004 at 13:46:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm so sorry to hear that, I enjoyed them alot myself.
Don't be too hard on the state, your bunch doesn't hold a candle to what the commercial raisers have at stake. I don't know a thing about the disease, but I do like to err on the side of caution.
Again, I'm so sorry.

Think of the money you'll save by not heating them the next six months.
Gotta be a silver lining somewhere.

KatG    Posted 10-14-2004 at 17:57:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yes I needed to know what the matter was and why they suddenly were healthy and then died in a few days...I can just imagine what terrible news this must be to commerical houses and can understand them wanting to eradicate the disease...I was just so upset this morning when he first called...I felt like I had signed my chickens death notice...But this disease...or rather infections they are so susptable too since having this malady would kill them anyway...I will be glad when it is over...HArd to go see them and realize they will soon be gone...KatG

EngineerJoyc.e    Posted 10-14-2004 at 13:35:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
So why not salvage at least the meat? Ask if you can kill them yourself and put them in the freezer. If they balk with "how would we know you destroyed them?" tell them they can either be there the day you do the deed or they can view them in the freezer.

If the meat's okay, they can make me kill them but they can't force me to throw away the meat.

Sorry you're losing your flock. I went without for about a year when we moved, but couldn't stand it. I now have 7 hens and a rooster. Nice steady egg supply.

KatG    Posted 10-14-2004 at 17:53:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It seems that when this MG is found in commerical houses they send them pronto to be killed and sold to the consummer...The vet told me they check the houses every 90 days...
They want to take the carasses and burn them in Springdale...KatG

Ron/PA    Posted 10-14-2004 at 13:02:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
And the sad part is, at least here in PA. they would not destroy a commercial flock for having MG. Sorry it's ending this way. For what it's worth, they may have been delivered to you with MG.

KatG    Posted 10-14-2004 at 13:08:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You are so right Ron...the state vet told once they find MG in commerical houses they send them to be processed...again it is just the "little people" that take the blow...KAtG

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