The bird flu outbreak in the turkey population in Woodstock, Ontario, is a tragedy to the farmers and must send a fearful chill up the backs of all poultry producers in the area. The incident of the outbreak exposes some possible unnecessary destruction of birds and it also shows a gaping chasm between the established medical tradition and the holistic approach to health.
As is the case with the modern medical system, the solution is simple, the birds are infected therefore you kill the whole population in the barn to eliminate any likelihood of the spread of the contagion. I on the other hand have been using herbal medicine for my own health, and I have lived on a farm, so I have another alternative to offer rather than to destroy a flock that could be saved, that is if farmers would like to do a simple experiment with their birds before the medical authorities step in and simply bring down their verdict.
I would suggest that the farmers in the area keep a sharp watch on their flock, for any sick birds, and to isolate them, and try this suggestion. As part of my own treatment for my own health, when I first notice the symptoms of flu, or whatever ailment coming on, I immediately begin taking garlic to stop the flu in its tracks. If I have noticed the symptoms early enough, I will be done with it in less than 4 hours. I have used garlic for colds, strep throat, and also lung pneumonia as well.
It would likely be easy to administer the garlic. Having lived on a farm and tried to grow garlic, I never was successful inasmuch as after I planted my garlic to grow, my roaming chickens would pick every single garlic clove out of the ground.
The garlic should be minced and tested out on your birds. If the bird is too sick to feel like eating, put a noticeable amount in water and let the birds drink their dose throughout the day.
My other suggestions, on the to try list would be juice of ginger be added to the water, and also experiment with Oil of Oregano. Both are anti viral. However, after the use of Oil of Oregano, a good pro-biotic should be given to replenish the bird flora in their bowels.
One last suggestion I have to experiment with is the herb Boneset. This herb has been used successfully on ailments as colds, flu, and even Malaria.