Bird Flu, Vaccines, PCR Tests and the Flawed Reasoning of Proactive Management
But First, Another Meme From a Former Stripper
Uh, it's a chicken.
As a sidenote the former stripper in question is not me. This woman, lets call her my cousin, got into an epic car accident with me when I was 19, one of those fun how did we live car completely totalled with only the tiniest space intact in the front seats type of things. We had been heading to her strip club at the time on I-475. I may post that story for paid subscribers. If God's lesson from my bad motorbike accident in Thailand was "Buddha save you," I took God's lesson from that car accident to be more of "Thou shalt not sell your body." I'm not judging those who did as long as it's consensual adults. It's just not my bag.
I'm sure my egghead math genius high school sweetheart could have calculated the exact physics of how that accident should have gone down. He'd just plug in the mass of a late 1980s model Ford Taurus station wagon versus a 1984 Chevy Cavalier going approximately 65 miles an hour and the speed differential and the trajectory and he'd have an exact map of how it should have happened. Meanwhile, me and my stripper cousin, being in the accident, just know what actually did happen. When did predictive scientific models overtake lived reality?
Me and my cous go way back, and I'd love to get her answers to a few questions about a now deleted Facebook post of hers, potentially for my collage of compliance series. Sadly I think she took the jab after succumbing to intense pressure, as she now works in healthcare. She didn't go full retard on the sex drugs and rock and roll thing, and now has a respectable job. My character Camilla in God Save the Prom Queen is a rough composite between her and a Hispanic friend who worked as a nursing aide. Whether she answers or not, I am totally stealing more of her memes as they are some of the best on the internet. I have to grab them before facebook jails her or they add that "This content is not available" thing on her posts.
This article, however, is about chickens. We inherited three hens and one rooster when our neighbor died in December of 2020. They are just free range guys allowed to live their lives, i.e. we don't kill them (admittedly a few young roosters have discretely disappeared to friends who might have done that dirty work).
In late July of 2021 I noticed a disease in the baby chicks in our modest flock of then maybe 10 or 15 backyard chickens. Some of the chicks were developing scaly crusty nodules around their eyes, were listing off and were no longer able to keep up with mama hens clucking for them. They were clearly sick. I tried to nurse a few with water on my finger and enticement of cooked rice, but by the time the chick showed symptoms, they were usually done for within two days.
I did a Google search for this mystery illness and landed on a likely diagnosis of Marek's disease based on symptoms, which is highly contagious in chickens but is not contagious to humans. Indeed none of us got sick. I tried putting antibiotics in water plates, but this was fruitless in the rainy season, as there were far to many muddy puddles they could drink from instead. Chicks that became symptomatic always died. It ripped through our little flock, killing about 60% of the chicks hatched during the course of six weeks. One hen lost all six chicks hatched, while another lost four out of eight, and another two out of five. The adult chickens all seemed to survive, except for perhaps one hen that simply disappeared. I can remember one rooster that developed crust around the eyes, but rebounded and lived (I photographed that old guy in my pet pictures his comb droops oddly he's the original rooster from next door).
Since then our chickens haven't had a disease outbreak that I can see, though there was an odd period in January 2022 of very few hatchlings, perhaps related to a 5G rollout. Our pet chicken Clover came from a series of three hens who only hatched one chick each. Whatever happened there seems to have normalized. This place is an animal farm.
Marek's Disease is considered one of the best examples of vaccine failure. As this PBS news News hour states the vaccine for chickens is considered leaky. Supposedly the vaccinated chickens live but new strains are spread to unjabbed chickens, who die en masse. I'm not sure I buy the science that all the jabbed chickens are doing great, as these people are out to sell more and more interventions in animals as much as in humans. Our entire factory farm system might be hitting a breaking point: for chickens more jabs, more antibiotics, more frankenfood, and lower profit margins. All paid for by generous subsidies that inadvertantly encourage producing less.
For awhile there was speculation that conjabs for humans might cause new Marek's disease type Covid outbreaks in the unvaxxed. Now it's looking like the jabbed simply depleted their own immune systems.
I'm glad that my unvaccinated birds had this illness rip through, as the survivors seem to be thriving. The chicks that did live, almost certainly exposed to the disease, all made it to adulthood. I sometimes think that nature's famines and pestilence have reasons that are poorly understood by us mere humans, and that tinkering with these complex systems has at best unintended consequences.
Which brings me to bird flu, or Avian influenza. But first a quick question. My husband grew up with chickens (and sometimes ducks) around and was the designated killer of them when they got old enough to slaughter for meat. We don't kill our chickens now (though really with six grown roosters it's getting chaotic) my daughter has grown too attached and doesn't like it. But if we were to go back to killing them, would you eat our unvaxxed, healthy, organic free range chickens? Would you eat eggs from our brood hens? Almost all have recovered from an illness, and could therefore test PCR positive.
Right now there's talk by experts that a new Avian influenza is ripping through chicken flocks. It could spread to humans and chicken little the sky is falling! I'm still wondering how I would handle that question on a US Customs form, the one that asks if you have been in close contact with poultry. At one point in my life I probably scoffed at such a question. I mean what do you think I am some sort of agricultural worker? Now I'm curious what the procedure is if you answer yes.
But beyond the obvious fact that bird flu vaccines could be spreading more and worse strains of bird flu, the mass death of chickens is not based on actual sick chickens, but rather on the mass culling of flocks when a few test positive on a PCR test. That sounds familiar, doesn't it? A few chickens, that may or may not show symptoms of illness, test positive for bird flu on a faulty test, and an entire flock of 50,000 or more is proactively sacrificed so that this terrible disease does not spread. It's sort of we had to burn the village down to save it type of logic. Obviously such a crisis could also be manufactured to cause food shortages.
Kit Knightly at Off Guardianhas the best take on the 24 million chickens sacrificed to bird flu. This is well worth the read. The “scientific” approach of eradicating disease started with factory farms. Aren't we all just a disease?
I'm sure the farmers are generously subsidized for all of those dead wasted chicken corpses that are stuffed into mass graves, but couldn't there be a better way? A world where we learn to live with all the bacteria, viruses, bugs, fungus and microbiome instead of trying to eradicate it?
What do you think?