ISTANBUL, Turkey – The slaughter of thousands of domestic fowl in Turkey and Romania began Sunday as a precaution against the spread of bird flu after both countries confirmed their first cases of the disease over the weekend. In western Turkey, military police set up roadblocks at the entrance to a village near Balikesir. A two-mile radius was quarantined as veterinarians and other officials began destroying poultry at two turkey farms. It was not clear how many animals would be destroyed, but the Anatolia news agency reported that authorities had slaughtered 600 out of 2,500 turkeys on one farm by noon Sunday. Other fowl – including pigeons – and stray dogs in the village were also being killed as a precaution, said Nihat Pakdil, undersecretary of Turkey’s Agriculture Ministry. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Bird flu was detected at a turkey farm after some 1,800 birds died last week, the Anatolia news agency reported. All animals on the farm were destroyed.