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Avian flu: How will it affect eastern Iowa farmers?

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HUDSON (KWWL) - Although the avian flu hasn't hit eastern Iowa, it still can affect consumers.

Peggy Drinovsky has about 200 chickens on her small farm in Hudson.

She talks to them every day. She doesn't know what she would do without them.

That's why she hopes she never has to wrestle with the avian flu.

"It would wipe my farm out completely," she said.

It's already wiped out millions of chickens in western Iowa at large commercial farms, and the biggest problem isn't the chickens they already lost.

"It's the ones they will have to buy -- that will be very expensive," she says.

Just to get a chicken to start laying, it costs about $8-$9. Multiply that by millions of birds, and farmers have a real problem.

Especially because they're going to have to wait until their coops are full sanitized to start producing again.

"They don't start right out laying, they gradually lay," said Drinovsky. "Once they're able to get them back in the building and into full production, it'll be about six months or so."

She says its possible the costs of eggs will go up to alleviate the livestock farmers have lost.

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