HPAI Information

This page contains a comprehensive list of educational materials in print and multi-media that can be used to educate residents and share as needed regarding Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza.



This HPAI tri-fold contains excellent information in a printed format as a handout, plus it provides the contact information for both the USDA and Ohio Poultry Association. Click here to view, download or print the trifold —->Avian Influenza Trifold 12.1.23


The Ohio Department of Agriculture and the USDA have helpful fact sheets that you can download, print, and share to your clients.:


Here are some videos that you can share on social media on multiple topics to answer questions and educate on HPAI

These are hosted on YouTube and are short, engaging,  and optimized for social media.

Please share these widely.

Here are some links to fact sheets and handouts to print and share with clients:


Do you have a medical concern with your backyard poultry?

Backyard Poultry Certification Course Information

Interest in keeping backyard poultry has been increasing steadily with a huge jump in growth around the COVID pandemic and Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza outbreak due to egg price increases and egg shortages.  We have also see a big jump in the number of 4H kiddos who want to keep chickens and turkeys for 4H livestock projects.  Many cities and municipalities require a certification before they allow you to keep backyard poultry.  Lots of people just want to learn more about this for their own family and personal food security.  Maybe this is the perfect holiday gift for that hard to buy family member.  Whatever your reason, we have you covered.


The course costs $25 dollars. (Super cheep!)  Click on the QR code or head to go.osu.edu/chicken

This self-paced course is expected to take 2-3 hours to complete and includes the following 6 modules:

  • Getting Started
  • Brooding, Basic Husbandry & Nutrition
  • Housing
  • Egg Production
  • Maximizing Health
  • Biosecurity

After completing this course, learners will be able to:

  • Identify rules and regulations relevant to raising backyard poultry in their state, city, or municipality
  • Source healthy birds to raise in their backyard
  • Apply concepts of basic husbandry, nutrition, and housing to successfully raise backyard poultry.
  • Explain how eggs are produced
  • Practice safe handling of birds and eggs
  • Recognize health-related abnormalities of poultry through physical examination
  • Describe the roles of of veterinary care and biosecurity in maximizing poultry health

There are NO refunds issued for this course.
If you have questions about the course, contact Tim McDermott at mcdermott.15@osu.edu for assistance.

Recorded Webinar on Biosecurity for 4-H Youth