Top Ten Backyard Poultry Diseases

There has been a resurgence of people who wish to raise their own food for personal and family food security, both with produce and with poultry.  A resource has been put together to assist you in getting the knowledge you need for safe, healthy and productive backyard poultry keeping.

FIRST THING:  Find out the regulations in your city or municipality that governs the keeping of backyard poultry and follow those rules carefully. 

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Ohio National Poultry Show

This year’s Ohio National Poultry Show, the largest poultry show in the nation, has gone virtual! This gives open and junior exhibitors a new way to compete and still be a part of the Ohio National. Information, including the catalog, can be found on their website at and on Facebook at

The entry deadline is Saturday, October 17, with Class Champions announced Saturday, November 14 and the Show Champion announced Sunday, November 15. Show awards will be mailed the week after announcing the champions.  There is no cost to enter.

For Open Show questions contact Tim Johnson at or Newt Long at For Junior Show questions contact Tim &  Mary Neviska at or Clell Agler at

Keeping Poultry Healthy and Biosecurity Updates

Attached are three Avian Influenza/Biosecurity poultry-related documents:

  1. ODA Media Release – March 29 – Ohio Working with Federal and Industry Partners to Prevent Spread of Avian Influenza ODA March 29 Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
  2. Avian Influenza: News Update, from Dr. Mohamed El-Gazzar, Poultry Extension Veterinarian, Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, OSU HPAI news updates 3-27-17
  3. Biosecurity for Birds: Social Media Resources for Migratory Season, from The US Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) Social Toolkit for APHIS-B4B Migratory Season

Below are websites from USDA-APHIS with helpful information about biosecurity:

Backyard Biosecurity for Birds:

Cleaning and Disinfecting Checklist for Backyard Poultry Owners:

Biosecurity for large flock/commercial poultry:

This information is posted at the Keeping Poultry Health and Biosecurity Resources section on the Poultry Resources page at

2017 Youth Poultry Clinic – March 25 at Fisher Auditorium, OSU/OARDC, Wooster

2017 Youth Poultry Clinic – March 25 at Fisher Auditorium, OSU/OARDC, Wooster. Registrations are to be postmarked by Friday, March 17. Space is limited. Jarrod Snell, Assistant Poultry Operations Manager,, is the contact person. The link to this information is posted at on the Calendar of Events page.

Lucinda B. Miller, Ph.D., Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development – Livestock, Companion & Small Animal Programs will be teaching a statewide Quality Assurance session at this Youth Poultry Clinic. They will also be discussing the Veterinary Feed Directive and Prescription Drugs as they pertain to youth with poultry projects.

Registration form:  2017 Youth Poultry Clinic-rmg36n