Thursday, July 20, 2006

Bird Flu Can Be Fought By Chilling Out Chickens

BLACKSBURG, Va. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – One of the simplest ways to fight bird flu could be to chill out around your chickens.

That’s according to Dr. Bernie Gross, a retired veterinary researcher in Blacksburg, Virginia, who is an expert on raising poultry and dairy animals.

Gross says his work with other scientists reveals that reducing the stress on birds by “creating a relaxed environment” for them is directly related to their ability to ward off disease.

In Gross’ words, “It’s all about resource allocation, if your animals feel comfortable around you, and aren’t worried about defending themselves physically, then their bodies can allocate other resources to fighting off disease.”

One way that can help ease the chickens’ mind is by hugging them.

However, Gross warns about getting too close to those so- called “free-range” chickens since the chickens may fight and catch diseases from the ground.

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