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Germs can cause diseases such as Exotic Newcastle disease and Avian Influenza and can kill birds- even an entire flock- very quickly. If you have this particular disease in your flock, you will have to destroy not only the birds that are sick, as well, but your entire flock as well to keep the disease from spreading throughout the countryside.

Twisting of the head and neck. Exotic Newcastle Disease
Putting dead bird in trash container
Poultry being humanely euthanized after testing positive for Exotic Newcastle Disease.
 
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