When I picked up the new girls, USDA reps were there handing out information about the Avian Flu, which is spreading across the country. We are hoping and praying we will not be affected. The result is death to the flock. So, for those of you who feed wild birds, keep in mind if you or your neighbors have chickens, ducks or turkeys, etc. You may want to forgo feeding this year so as not to attract birds carrying the disease. They do not necessarily show symptoms. Do not be concerned. Wild birds are by no means reliant on feeders and they will survive just fine.
Per the photos below, a huge tractor trailer loaded with literally thousands of pullets (young hens yet to begin laying), packed 16 to a crate, left Pennsylvania the night before, arriving at the pickup site by 6 AM the next day (Tuesday). Farmers are scheduled for pickup based on the size of their order, which can be 600 or more, or, 5. We picked up 25 to replace the 20 or so older girls in our flock who have stopped producing
Heads up - stew hens coming soon.