OT? Avian flu related.

We hear the sensationalized stories about thousands of chickens or turkeys euthanized due to Avian Flu.
And that wild birds are spreading the Flu.

Thats Macro. Here’s a micro:

A friend found, in his yard, a Sharp Shinned Hawk which appears sick.
He called the local Raptor Rescue folks, who declined to take the bird. They told him the bird likely had Avian Flu, and they didn’t want to infect their current residents.

They also told him there is a 95% death rate for birds infected with Avian Flu.

So… be careful with sick birds, wild or otherwise?
:eyes:
:alien:
ralph

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A friend found, in his yard, a Sharp Shinned Hawk which appears sick.

When sick/dead birds appear in my yard I turn a plastic baggie inside out and place my hand inside.

I then carefully pick up the bird. The baggie protects my hand.

Then I pull the baggie down around my hand and the dead bird.

With the dead bird safely enclosed in the baggie I zip the bag closed and toss it in the trash.

Then I wash both hands really good with soap and water.

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When sick/dead birds appear in my yard I turn a plastic baggie inside out and place my hand inside.

I go for the pitchfork and/or shovel. Works great on possums too.

JLC