Virulent Newcastle Disease Found in Chickens in California


Cases of Virulent Newcastle disease (vND) in chickens have been reported in the Western US. This highly contagious virus can cause disease and death in various kinds of poultry, as well as in parrots. Nearly 100 percent of unvaccinated birds may die. Even flocks vaccinated for vND are not completely safe.

There have been 422 cases of vND in California, including 132 in San Bernardino County, 246 in Riverside County, 42 in Los Angeles County, 1 in Ventura County, and 1 in Alameda County; 1 case in Utah County, Utah; 1 case in Coconino County, Arizona.

Symptoms are varied but may include lethargy; lack of appetite; respiratory issues (sneezing, gasping, coughing); fluids coming from nose and mouth; greenish, watery diarrhea; swelling of eyes and neck; and sudden death. It may also cause paralysis. Note that

The virus often originates in illegally imported exotics that have not undergone USDA quarantine.  It can be transmitted by contact with infected birds; by feed, water, air, manure; on hands, clothes, shoes, and equipment; by animal feet; and in incubators contaminated by eggs from infected hens.

FAQs for Chicago Chicken Owners

Do I need to be worried? Probably not, unless you’ve traveled to the areas affected and interacted with poultry or poultry owners.

What is the risk to humans? There are no reported cases of people getting sick from eating infected poultry that is properly cooked. In humans, the virus that causes vND can cause conjunctivitis (pink eye).

How can I keep my chickens safe? Practice good biosecurity, using the following tips:

  • Quarantine any new birds for 30 days.
  • Know your flock’s history. Do not take in birds whose origins and bill of health are not known.
  • Wash hands and clean shoes thoroughly when entering or leaving a place with poultry.
  • Disinfect equipment (e.g., such as coops, incubators, feeders) before it comes on to or leaves your property.
  • For more info on biosecurity, see the USDA’s tips at the Defend the Flock website.

What do I do if I think my bird has vND? Ask an avian vet to run a pathology report. This disease should be reported to state and federal officials. Call the USDA at 1-866-536-7593 and the Illinois Bureau of Animal Health and Welfare at 217-782-4944

Where do I find more information on vND?

USDA Animal and Plant Health and Inspection Service’s vND page

Photos of poultry infected with vND

Illinois Department of Agriculture’s Animals pages

 

Referral code for Coop Camp is LIVE


Home to Roost is speaking at Coop Camp in Danville, IN ( just west of Indianapolis), June 7 to 9. It’s a weekend of chicken-related fun and informational sessions!

Using a code during registration gets you, the Camper a 10% discount! My code is HTR. It is “live” and available now.

To use the code, go to the Coop Camp website:  http://www.fadedjeans.tv/coop-camp.html

Fill out the registration form first and then the payment form on the right hand side.  Press “Order Summary”  under Payment to get the code box to pop up if you’re on a phone rather than the computer.  Put the three letter code in the code box and continue with payment form.  Discount will show up at check-out.  Continue with payment.

Thanks, and I look forward to seeing you there!

Jen

 

Good Food Expo March 23


Good Food Expo is March 23! I’m presenting, along with dozens of Chicago’s leading farmers, chefs, entrepreneurs, and inspiring citizen DIY enthusiasts! Free workshops! Free soil screening for lead! Details, schedule and more at: bit.ly/GoodFoodCommonsatGoodFoodExpo2019 . The #goodfoodEXPO is the Midwest’s Premier Showcase for Local and Sustainable Food! More at: goodfoodexpo.org

My presentations are
Quail: 11:45-12:15
Chicken Basics: 2:45-3:15
Chicken Health: 3:30-4:00

Save the date for Coop Camp, June 7 to 9!


Home to Roost is speaking at Coop Camp in Danville, IN ( just west of Indianapolis), June 7 to 9. Save the date for this weekend filled with chicken-y fun and great informational sessions on how to help your birds live healthier, happier lives!

**Home to Roost’s promo code is HTR!**

Check the Coop Camp website and watch the blog for more information!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Home to Roost Events for 2019


Upcoming Events and Classes for 2019

Feb. 9: Urban Livestock Expo, Southside Occupational Academy. Hear from urban livestock folks about how keep bees, goats, chickens, ducks, and quail. ¡Hay clases en español!

March 23: Good Food Festival, UIC Forum. I’ll be staffing a table and doing some short presentations.

April 6: Glen Ellyn Public Library. I’ll be doing a kids’ program on chickens and eggs.

May 11: Growin’ Green Garden Market, Glen Ellyn. I’ll do an Informational session and staff a display table.

June 7–9: Coop Dreams Coop Camp, Indianapolis, IN. Come for a weekend of chicken-related workshops, networking, and fun.

June 15–16: Custer Fair, Evanston. Enjoy this family-friendly street fair with fun and diverse vendors. I’ll be at a display table.

July 20: Morton Arboretum. Sign up for my popular basic chicken-keeping / coop building classes. Call 630-968-0074.

Sept. 21 or 28: Windy City Coop Tour. View coops in Chicago and suburbs and network with other chicken keepers.

AUA Livestock Expo, this Saturday, Feb. 9, 11 to 3


Join Home to Roost* and a variety of critters and their keepers at the Southside Occupation Academy, 7432 S. Hoyne Ave., on Saturday, February 9 from 11 am to 3 pm. Learn about keeping bees, goats, chickens, ducks, quail, and more!

For more information, go to https://auachicago.org/events/. Hope to see you there!

*Home to Roost will be teaching two sessions: Quail (noon) and Chicken Coops (2 PM). However, due to unforeseen circumstances, I will be unable to staff my table. Some of my clients will be sitting in for me.

 

 

 

Gallinas urbanas en Chicago


¡Ojo! Si Ud. hable español, viva en Chicago y le fascinen las gallinas, estas noticias son para Ud.!