Poultry farms nervous
“There’s nothing we can do to stop migratory birds from coming,” said a 35-year-old female employee of a poultry farm in Saitama Prefecture. “I’m concerned that birds carrying the virus could enter the poultry housing.” The farm’s chicken facilities, which are home to about 7,000 birds, are covered with netting to prevent the intrusion of wild birds. These nets are checked often and mended immediately if any tears are discovered. Access to the housing is restricted to staff only, and workers’ boots are sanitized regularly to prevent the transmission of viruses.
A farming center of the Tokyo Development Foundation for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, in Ome, Tokyo, raises an original breed of silky fowl known as Tokyo Ukokkei and sells chicks to poultry farmers. The center has been keeping anyone who is not a staff member away from the chicken coop, and employees must put on special work clothes before entering the facility.
“If an outbreak were to occur at the center, the Tokyo Ukokkei would be extinguished,” said one worker.