r/worldnews Mar 22 '23

1.7 million birds culled in Yucatán, Mexico following bird flu outbreak. Farmers say that the numbers are underestimated, saying that around 3 million birds have been culled.

https://sentientmedia.org/chickens-burned-avian-flu-yucatan/
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u/hogua Mar 22 '23

And just when the price of eggs was starting to come down a bit

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u/Momoselfie Mar 22 '23

I got chickens. They're almost old enough to start laying. That's probably when bird flu will hit them.

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u/3600CCH6WRX Mar 22 '23

It’s spring, animals are migrating. Birds aren’t the only one at risks. Swines fevers are back in china and Europe. Summer food prices could sky rocket.

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u/gaukonigshofen Mar 22 '23

yep. even with an abundant supply. companies are definitely going to take advantage of it

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u/[deleted] Mar 22 '23

Any mammals turning up dead in Mexico from this flu?

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u/trailerparkthrasher Mar 22 '23

I know it's probably necessary, but the idea of so many birds dying is heartbreaking to me. Considering i know they definitely weren't humanly killed- what mass chicken farm does ANYTHING humane? Maybe sustainable farms with better cared for chicken will breed less bird flu? But i also don't know much about bird flu, so it's just a thought.

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u/thedankening Mar 22 '23

When the birds are all crammed together in tiny cages and basically living on top of each other its not surprising disease spreads through those populations so easily.

Smaller flocks of free range chickens would likely fare better, but bird flu seems insanely contagious so maybe not.

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u/AnthillOmbudsman Mar 22 '23

Wild birds unfortunately shit everywhere, which means backyard chickens are definitely at risk even inside an enclosure. I think at a certain point you have to consider building up walls or putting the pen underneath a large roof, like a carport awning.

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u/overtoke Mar 22 '23

~70 billion chickens are eaten each year. separately there is a chicken egg industry.

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u/Carliios Mar 23 '23

Lmao, humanely killed. Fucking idiots.

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u/autotldr BOT Mar 22 '23

This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 91%. (I'm a bot)


According to interviews conducted with four farm workers, the actual numbers for this current outbreak of avian flu are nearly twice that - 15 mega-farm have slaughtered closer to 3 million infected or potentially-infected birds.

Of course, wild birds can spread avian flu - something wildlife researchers in Latin America have been warning about since the summer.

Just over 6,000 wild birds have been affected by avian flu in the U.S., for example, whereas farmed birds infected or culled total a staggering 58 million, with no end in sight for this outbreak.


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u/mexicansuicideandy Mar 22 '23

What a bad time for your favorite meat to be chicken.

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u/Heres_your_sign Mar 22 '23

Time to go buy eggs again...

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u/Meatball6669 Mar 23 '23

The way that guy is holding the birds is unsettling. It gives the vibe like he’s about to crush them or throw them as hard as he possibly can.

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u/Quadrenaro Mar 23 '23

Typically you use scissor to snip their throats. It's fairly quick.

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u/[deleted] Mar 22 '23 edited Apr 15 '23 Gold

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u/PepeTheLorde Mar 22 '23

I just eat eggs

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u/Hippopotasaurus-Rex Mar 22 '23 edited Mar 22 '23

Because culling wild animals, to limit the spread of disease, has never spread the disease more and faster or anything.

Edit: not sure why I’m getting downvoted.

Culling badgers spread the TB they were trying to stop

There are other, recent examples of this happening too. This was just the first one that came to mind.

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u/LupusDeusMagnus Mar 22 '23

These are farmed poultry.

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u/RippleAffected Mar 22 '23

They're not wild birds, dumb dumb.

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u/JubalHarshaw23 Mar 22 '23

I find myself wondering if the Cattle Industry is helping these outbreaks along.

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u/Kind-Masterpiece-310 Mar 22 '23

The Chick-fil-A billboards might be onto something.