Ban Forces Birds to Sit Out St. Joseph County 4-H Fair

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) _ Cages usually filled with chickens, geese, ducks, roosters and hens sit empty this week at the St. Joseph County 4-H Fair in South Bend.
 
Instead of showing techniques for handling their birds, 4-H members had to take a written test and post pictures of their animal in the empty cages. It's not what the kids are used to and many were disappointed, but they're complying with a statewide ban by the Indiana Board of Animal Health on the transport of birds because of a contagious strain of bird flu.
 
The South Bend Tribune reports that there has only been one confirmed case of infected poultry in Indiana.
 According to the Indiana State Board of Animal Health, a flock of 77 birds in Whitley County tested positive for bird flu.