Shikhovo, which is only a hop and a skip and way to close to need a jump, from the dacha is apparently one of the centres of the avian flu outbreak. All of which is probably pretty underwhelming except for the bits of the story which don't add up.
Apparently a resident of Shikhovo who also as it happens to own/run/work at the somewhat malodorous chicken farm the aforementioned hop and a skip away was in Moscow buying chickens. It was my impression that the role of a chicken farm was to; rear, grow and ultimately slaughter chickens. Maybe the Shikhovo guy was just fattening up chickens he bought in the Moscow bird market. What the hell do I know anyway.
The good news is that Russian-officaldom says no need to worry. Because they are always trustworthy and open with the public.
In case you are interested the weather was great out there this weekend and the skiing tip-top.