Hundreds of thousands of chickens to be culled as bird flu spreads; egg shortage due – The Times of Israel

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The Agriculture Ministry revealed Saturday that hundreds of thousands of extra chickens in northern Israel would be culled, amidst a spread of the deadly H5N1 bird influenza infection in chicken coops in Moshav Margaliot on the Lebanese border.
According to the ministry, 320,000 laying hens near Margaliot are to be chosen in the coming days, in addition to the 244,000 that have been killed in the town over the previous week.
The move is expected to cause a shortage of some 14 million eggs, out of the 200 million eggs Israelis take in every month.

The ministry likewise stated that it was worried about the possibility of people being infected with the infection by means of the coops that are surrounding to houses in the moshav.
According to the ministry, the farmers there stopped working to report in real-time the increasing varieties of poultry deaths, leading to the virus spreading rapidly.

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Much of the chickens were dead by the time ministry inspectors got here. In one cage, only 70 chickens were found alive out of 2,000.
The farm has actually been sealed off, along with centers getting eggs from it.

כשמדברים איתכם על שפעת העופות והמילה “השמדה” של מיליוני עופות עוברת לכם מעל הראש, כך זה במציאות, חנק בקצף שנמשך 9 דק, …

Posted by Tal Gilboa on Wednesday, December 22, 2021

The carcass of a crane, contaminated by bird influenza, at the Hula Valley Nature Reserve in northern Israel, on December 23, 2021. (Shlomit Shavit, Israel Nature and Parks Authority).

Plans to do so were authorized by the government in 2007, however never executed.
According to Agriculture Ministry figures, 93 percent of chicken coops meet neither the sanitation nor animal well-being requirements of the veterinary services.
While majority of the European Unions laying hens are now raised in cage-free cages, the figure for Israel is just 3.2%, according to Poultry Industry Council figures, with the rest stuffed tightly into cages.

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On Thursday, the Israel Nature and Parks Authority said one in five of the wild cranes living in or moving through Israel have actually been contaminated with the bird flu, with authorities anticipating to need to get rid of 25 to 30 heaps of carcasses.
Around 100,000 cranes check out the Hula Valley in northern Israel every year, with some 40,000 staying in Israel up until early March, when they join those returning from Africa to fly north to Europe and Asia to nest.
After exploring the valley on Thursday, the Parks Authoritys short-term director, Raya Shourky, said inspectors were checking the entire Hula Valley for proof of the virus and expanding their search to water bodies in the Jezreel and Zevulun valleys, the Valley of Springs, and the Carmel Coast.

The best number of casualties seems to be in the Hula Valley Reserve, Shourky stated, since cranes are so highly concentrated there. Regular feeding will continue, to stop them from moving elsewhere, she stated.
Farming Minister Oded Forer has actually explained congested chicken coops as “a ticking time bomb” that require to be moved from communities to isolated breeding complexes with rigorous biological security levels.

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