The autopsy report of the two dozen northern lapwings that were found dead at Bappan village in this district on Saturday revealed on Sunday that it was some poison and not bird flu that had killed the stock.
Animal husbandry department veterinary surgeon Dr Satpal Dhaban said there was no symptoms of bird flu in the northern lapwings, and some pesticide in the fields killed the birds.
Sukhdev Singh, SDM in the agriculture department, said that in this season of wheat, mustard and gram, farmers used herbicides that could not kill the birds; but in vegetable fields, they put insecticides that could be harmful.
On Saturday, two dozen northern lapwings were found dead at Bappan village, leading to rumors of bird flu in the district. The autopsy report has given a sigh of relief to poultry farmers.