Well, an announcement just came out from the Ohio extenstion office the the Ohio Dept of Ag has cancelled any poultry shows, poultry at fairs, market sales or swap meets due to the avain flu outbreak. Ohio has had no virus reports, but hey have made this decision to prevent any outbreaks or spreads, Ohio is the second largest egg producer in the country. Our small animal barn is going to be empty as 1/3 of it is chickens, turkeys and ducks.
I understand the issue and reasoning, but we are really PO'd right now. They didn't do this with the swine flu 2 yrs ago and our county had major outbreaks, people even got sick at the fair, but the piggies were still there.
We bought our turkeys in March, been feeding them out and we just purchased 15 market chickens last week. We are out that money, plus the kids were counting on the money from the sales, each kid would have averaged about $225-250 from the sale a 1 turkey and 3 chickens. Just sucks.
I guess on the bright side, I won't have to spend much more feed costs on the turkeys. They will all get butchered 2 months earlier than last year which mean soon, that feed is $18 per 50# and they eat a lot!