COVID-19 and Chickens

How does COVID-19 affect homesteaders?

Unless you literally live under a rock (which may be one of the safest places to be) you’ve heard about COVID-19 (The new name of this disease is coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19). Personally I don’t know anyone who isn’t affected by it, at least a little bit. My own little family is dealing with challenges in a variety of ways. 

It’s normal to question everything you bring into your home right now. And it’s perfectly normal to wonder if it’s safe to continue ordering chickens, and ducks, and swans and every other wonderful creature under the sun. 

Currently there is NO evidence that any chickens in the United States have COVID-19. That being said, good hygiene is great at any given moment of time but especially important right now. Chickens can still carry other dangerous bacteria (salmonella anyone?) but proper personal hygiene is your best bet to prevent the spread. 

The CDC has not yet published an article on chickens specifically, but did say, “There is no reason at this time to think that any animals, including pets, in the United States might be a source of infection with this new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. To date, CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19 in the United States.

Pets have other types of coronaviruses that can make them sick, like canine and feline coronaviruses. These other coronaviruses cannot infect people and are not related to the current COVID-19 outbreak.” 

This is a scary time. There’s absolutely no doubt about that. Many things we’ve grown accustomed to are being called into question, and honestly the information can change from day to day. We’ve been in close contact with our fabulous farms all over the US and they are all taking this very, very seriously. Extra precautions have been put in place to ensure everything and everyone is safe. 

Many communities are recommending wearing face masks every time you leave the house

The truth of the matter is that this pandemic has actually shed more positive light on homesteading and becoming more self-sufficient. I live in a relatively small community and supplies are still hard to come by at times, and there are restrictions put in place. For instance, most stores are limiting the quantities in which you can buy (ie. two containers of eggs, two loaves of bread, two containers of milk). It makes the whole prospect of not having to rely on grocery stores and markets attractive. And We at Purely Poultry can help make that dream a reality by helping you to be more self-sufficient.  Our poultry experts can help you make the best choices for your budget, your family, and your limitations. That’s what we’re here for.  After all, we are  “all in this together”.  

Purely Poultry wishes you health, healing and support!