Farmers have complained they are still waiting to be compensated for chickens slaughtered in the bird flu outbreak as the culling of nearly 200,000 birds in the latest cases continued yesterday. The birds are from five more farms in Kam Tin, quarantined since February 5, which were found to be infected with the H5-type virus on Saturday. Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department officials at the five farms are killing the birds by placing them in bags which are then filled with carbon dioxide. But the chairman of the New Territories Chicken Breeders' Association, Kwan Wing-kin, said the authorities had so far failed to confirm the compensation package. Mr Kwan claimed chickens in half of the 22 poultry farms in Kam Tin that had been put under quarantine for observation had not been infected with the virus. He said farmers had lost an opportunity to sell healthy chickens for the Lunar New Year. Mr Kwan said the Government's emergency relief fund, which offers up to $100,000 for each farm, was a drop in the ocean and did nothing to help. Under the Public Health (Animals and Birds) Ordinance, compensation for slaughtered poultry should not exceed $30 a bird. The department said there was no indication the virus had spread to farms outside the quarantine area. Fifteen farms have been infected with the bird flu, which experts fear could mutate into a deadly strain that could be passed on to humans. Before the latest cases, 322,000 chickens had already been destroyed and stricter controls imposed on farms and markets. Compensation is expected to top $5 million. The department said an announcement on the reopening of the farms was likely to be made this week, while further talks on compensation would be held with affected farmers.