Poultry Owners – stay tuned with the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)

See the Avian-Influenza Trifold for information.

Poultry Owners need to be on alert and protect their birds through proper biosecurity. Owners and their flocks must avoid any direct or indirect contact with wild birds or other poultry. If there is high mortality, owners should submit birds to be tested.

Biosecurity includes all of the sanitary practices that are implemented to prevent the spread of diseases. These include:

  • Prevent any contact with wild birds
  • Prevent any contact with other animals, wild or domestic
  • Keep your birds sheltered in animal-proof/bird-proof houses
  • Avoid visitors to your flock
  • Use disposable gloves and shoe covers before you come in contact with your birds or their environment
  • Wash your hands before and after contact with your birds or their environment
  • Use dedicated clothes to work with your birds, or use disposable coveralls
  • Avoid using surface water (ponds or lakes) as a source of drinking water for your birds
  • Acquire your feed from reliable sources and store it in a clean, dry, and cool place away from wild birds or wild animals access,
  • particularly rodents

Have backyard poultry? Follow the Backyard Poultry YouTube channel for information, including Poultry Biosecurity for 4H Youth.

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