Fall migration brings threat of avian flu

Small flock producers are being warned to be on guard against avian influenza during the fall migration of ducks and geese, which can carry the contagious viral disease.

Put a wire on top of pens to prevent direct contact, treat dugout water, and watch for signs of infection, said Dr. Colleen Christianson, a provincial veterinary pathologist.

“Things you want to look for are changes in egg production, increased flock mortality rates, swelling around the head and neck, respiratory changes, trembling, if the bird is unable to walk properly or hold its head in the proper position,” said Christianson.

Contact your vet if there are any symptoms.

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