SF Pet Chicken Meetup Group Message Board › Poultry Disease Prevention Workshop by Poultry Vet, Sun, April 26, 2pm
Santa Cruz, CA
The Pet Poultry Group of Santa Cruz is sponsoring a workshop by a poultry veterinarian who consults throughout the country and who also works for the California Department of Agriculture. Most backyard poultry keepers don't have access to a poultry vet, as they are very expensive, many work exclusively with commercial operations, there aren't a lot of them, and they are very expensive to hire!
The vet will describe how to prevent transmitting disease to poultry flocks through simple biosecurity measures. He will also teach us how to take blood samples to screen for disease using our state labs and put together our own written biosecurity plan. There are various diseases floating around our area, such as coryza, that can infect poultry flocks and cause increased mortality. Those birds who are infected can become carriers of disease and infect other birds, even though they don't show symptoms, so it's a good idea to do what you can to prevent disease transmission.
Further, if there were a serious disease outbreak in our area, the vet will tell us what we can do to allow quarantine for our birds instead of depopulation. If you remember, around 2003 there was an outbreak of Exotic Newcastle's disease and millions of birds were put down by the government, including many pet and backyard birds. If you would like to read more about it, here are some links, from the government and from a private perspective:
Here is the location:
Resource Center for Nonviolence
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
We are charging $5 per adult to help offset expenses.
Please email me if you have questions. Also, if you could RSVP with a count, I'd appreciate it, so we have enough handouts.
Perhaps members of the SF group could carpool. You could enjoy the beach in the morning, and the workshop in the afternoon!
Edited by Cheryl-Meetup on Apr 19, 2009 3:58 PM
San Francisco, CA
I take it the meeting already occurred?