When the logistics of inventory movement is conflicted the market will suffer.HOW WILL THIS AFFECT MICHIGAN?: The out-of-state bird suppliers will be one of the largest problems for the Michigan preserves and others who use game birds. The entire nation's largest supplier of Pheasants is in one of the hardest hit states with this bird flu. Many preserves and clubs in Michigan get their gamebirds from out-of-state, as well. This epidemic and the ramifications, may put some preserves out of business. The ones who may be able to survive with the least problems would be the preserves and trainers who raise their own birds?
This is very serious for even the small time trainers and bird breeders in Michigan. Things could get very ugly for anyone who needs birds this coming season (preserves, trainers, dog owners, clubs), especially when there may be strict government protocols that will most likely create a very limited supply of birds in Michigan.
We do not raise our own birds and we instead bring them in (already grown / strong fliers) from quality breeders out-of-state. In a nutshell, if we cannot get birds, (Chukar or Pheasant) ... we cannot train or hunt birds, either. If supplies are limited, I would imagine that there will be many others that will be in the exact same situation, as well.
This is an ongoing chart of all WILD BIRD cases (74) that have been CONFIRMED in the US since December 2014 which when it was first detected. All of the WILD BIRDS and their breeds are noted. None are grouse so far. Seems to mainly be ducks and geese with a handful that were either a hawk, falcon, owl or eagle. Please report any DEAD BIRDS that you do find to the proper authority to be checked.can this effect the grouse population and has it already
You can probably thank this article for that.My biggest concern is neighboring farms with free ranging poultry with a lot less to lose than me. If they get bird flu on there property, whether I do or not, it shuts me down. Theirs if for fun, mine for profit. I tried to talk to them about bird flu, but it was like talking to a wall. They had no concerns about it, if they got it they would just get more next year.:rant: Oh well, I have done what I can, now cross my fingers, prepare for the worst, hope for the best. Lets just hope for some warmer weather to slow this thing down.
Grouse and, presumably, woodcock* can be infected. But they are not impacted nearly as much as, say, 500,000 chickens in one huge barn. Their solitary nature helps and greatly minimizes the spread. All current evidence suggests that grouse populations will not be significantly impacted. According to a June 8th MDNR press release there were no domestic flocks infected yet in the state and just a handful of wild geese that tested positive. If the grouse population was taking a hit I would expect there to be more going on with waterfowl and the domestic birds. Having said all this it isn't like a grouse dying in the woods outside of hunting season gets noticed by too many people. If you see something unusual it may be worth reporting here:can this effect the grouse population and has it already