New China H7N9 bird flu cases 'signal potential winter epidemic' | Fox News Hypothetical scenario...bird flu epidemic breaks out and you are in a region where an order was issued to kill your birds. Does one comply or not? What other thoughts are there on this? Couldn't find any previous cases in the US with a quick web search. The risk I see for culling the flock are you are left without a flock in what may be a major epidemic. The risks with not culling is you could get sick from your birds or you could get caught and lose as much as the .gov cares to take from you.