Ohio Farm Slaughters 1.3 Million Chickens To Contain Spread Of Bird Flu

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 file photo, baby turkeys stand in a poult barn near Waco, Texas. Just a week before Thanksgiving when 46 million turkeys will be eaten, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been petitioned to require more humane treatment for turkeys, chickens and ducks as they're sent to slaughter. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
  • A major egg farm in Ohio has been forced to cull over 1.3 million chickens in an effort to contain outbreaks of bird flu.
  • The news comes as avian influenza continues to take a toll on the industry.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture said all 1.35 million chickens on the farm in Ohio’s Union County will be slaughtered to help limit the spread of the highly contagious virus after a case was confirmed in the flock this week.