“Prevention of diseases is of paramount importance in poultry production. A system perspective, considering bird health, pathogens, barn husbandry, biosecurity, and the role of a veterinarian, is vital to mitigate the risk of diseases. To understand the outcome of the infection with infectious pathogens (viruses, bacteria, protozoa, or fungi), we need to consider multiple factors”.
Check out this two-minute video in partnership with the Ohio Poultry Association and the Ohio Department of Agriculture where we answer some of your most common questions.
Biosecurity is a major tool in our toolbox to prevent the spread of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza. Check out this webinar class held in partnership with the OSU Extension 4H program area to teach basic biosecurity to 4H youth.
The trifold from the 2015 outbreak has been updated and can be shared to clients to assist with Biosecurity measures as we continue to address the current state of HPAI.
CLICK HERE to View, Print, or Download the Trifold –> Avian Influenza Trifold
Last week USDA APHIS issued updates that included multiple cases of High Path Avian Influenza in the Carolinas(waterfowl), which would put them on a path towards Ohio following the migratory waterfowl pathways. Attached is a PDF technical report with a bunch of helpful links embedded to assist your clients who are hunters, backyard poultry keepers, or members of the 4-H community as they prepare for chick season. Biosecurity will be critical to avoid an outbreak this season.
Click here to view, print, or download the PDF —> High Path Avian Influenza Update 01 19 22
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. I am increasingly getting asked about backyard poultry keeping so I wanted to put a resource 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.
We also have a number of Fact Sheets hosted on Ohioline to support poultry keeping:
- Performing a Physical Exam on a Chicken
- Winter and your Backyard Chickens
- Predators of Poultry
- Chicken Breed Selection
There is also a fact sheet on Selling Eggs in Ohio: Marketing and Regulations that details safe handling, washing and storage of eggs.
If you need help finding a Veterinarian that sees poultry, we have a list plus a map to assist you with that.
If you have questions regarding the keeping of poultry after watching the webinar then feel free to contact me at email@example.com
USDA/APHIS has increased the amount of materials for use for increasing outreach and awareness regarding Biosecurity for Backyard Poultry with the Defend The Flock program.
Materials that can be used for outreach and awareness include webinars, fact sheets and website links
A new fact sheet has been added to Ohioline to assist backyard poultry producers navigate the challenges of keeping their flock safe and healthy during cold weather.
CHICKEN BREED SELECTION
Sabrina Schirtzinger, Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Knox County
Tim McDermott, Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Hocking County
There are various reasons people raise chickens: for eggs, meat, show and exhibition or simply to enjoy caring for and watching chicks grow. For some, raising chickens is a hobby while others see it as a sustainable part of living. This fact sheet will explore characteristics of chicken breeds to help select the right breed for you.