York County farmer sympathizes with farmers facing bird flu outbreak

For a York County farmer, this latest bird flu outbreak takes him back to the 1980s – when he lost his entire flock to the virus. “I can’t believe in 40 years, now it’s back. It’s going to be maybe worse than before,” Bill Rinas said. Rinas recalls the virus moving to the East Coast and into Lancaster County. “From Lancaster County, we were the first to have it here in York County,” he said. .His 9,000 birds were dead within days, and his operation was shut down. “It took about a year before things started to calm down. And that year some people were sanitizing three or four times and it was never quite right for them,” “Because we had a small herd and we weren’t totally dependent on that. We had other irons in the fire. We had We had pigs,” he said. Rinas said he felt for the farmers facing this latest outbreak. bird flu be bad,” he said. Current outbreak So far, six flocks in Lancaster County have tested positive for avian flu. More than 3.8 million chickens were killed. This week, the state moved its control area to accommodate the latest affected flock, which is in Manor Township. Bureau of Animal Health and Diagnostic Service at 717-772-2852. This number is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Symptoms of bird flu in poultry include lack of energy and appetite. Although bird flu is deadly to birds, it is still safe to eat chickens and eggs.

For a York County farmer, this latest bird flu outbreak takes him back to the 1980s – when he lost his entire flock to the virus.

“I can’t believe that in 40 years now it’s back. And it looks like it might be worse than before,” said Bill Rinas.

Rinas recalls the virus moving to the East Coast and into Lancaster County.

“From Lancaster County, we were the first to get it here in York County,” he said.

His 9,000 birds were dead within days and his operation was closed.

“It took about a year before things started to calm down. And that year some people sanitized three or four times and it never quite worked out for them,” Rinas said.

He abandoned his chicken coop and left.

He said he was one of the lucky ones.

“Because we had a small herd and we weren’t totally dependent on that. We had other irons. We had cattle. We had pigs,” he said.

Rinas said he felt for the farmers facing this latest bird flu outbreak.

“It’s going to be bad,” he said.

Current epidemic

So far, six flocks in Lancaster County have tested positive for bird flu.

More than 3.8 million chickens were killed.

This week, the state moved its area of ​​control to accommodate the latest affected herd, which is in Manor Township.

Report cases of avian influenza

If you suspect live poultry is infected, you are encouraged to report it to the Pennsylvania Bureau of Animal Health and Diagnostic Service at 717-772-2852.

This number is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Symptoms of bird flu in poultry include lack of energy and appetite.

While bird flu is deadly to birds, it’s still safe to eat chickens and eggs.

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