On Friday, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources wrote on Facebook that it had received reports of birds with “eye swelling and crusty discharge, as well as neurological signs.”
Now, Kentucky officials are encouraging people to report observations of sick or dead birds that may be experiencing an unidentified illness.
Mysterious bird deaths
In late May, the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources began receiving reports of sick and dying birds with symptoms of eye swelling and crusty discharge, as well as signs of neurological problems.
Here a video about these zombie birds in D.C.:
No definitive cause(s) of sickness or death has been identified at this time.
As of June 17, 2021 unexplained bird deaths have been recorded in several Kentucky counties.
The birds include Blue Jays, Common Grackles and European starlings, though other species may be affected, the department said.
Kentucky Fish & Wildlife and other states’ wildlife agencies are working with diagnostic laboratories to investigate the cause(s) of mortality.
No more feeding
The department is asking people in affected counties – Jefferson County, Boone County and Kenton County – to stop feeding birds until further notice since birds congregating at feeders and baths can transmit diseases to one another.
A video from Kentucky (you will have to look at it on Youtube, because the embed code doesn’t seem to work properly).
Moreover, Kentucky Fish & Wildlife recommends statewide to:
- Clean bird feeders and baths with a 10% bleach solution immediately, and once a week after;
- Avoid handling birds (wear disposable gloves if handling is necessary);
- And keep pets away from sick or dead birds.
- If you must handle dead birds please practice good hygiene: Wear gloves or use a plastic bag to pick up the birds, deposit them into a secured trash can, and then wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
They forgot to add to this list: Remove EMF antennas…