Bird Flu – Know the Signs

With the recent rise of the Bird Flu or Avian Influenza in Ohio, it is a good time to become award of what the Bird Flu is, how birds become infected, how to avoid it, steps to take if you suspect the Bird Flu in your flock.

Here is tri-fold to help educate everyone:

Avian Influenza Trifold

Poultry Pullorium Testing

Per Ohio Poultry Association and Ohio Department of Agriculture, for 2022 exhibitions, Pullorum testing is required for chickens, turkeys, as well as non-waterfowl like guinea fowl, pheasants, and quail unless they have paperwork that they come from an NPIP flock/hatchery. Washington County Note: All of the market chicken and market turkeys ordered have come from an NPIP hatchery. They do not have to be Pullorium tested unless they have been co-mingled with a backyard flock. Market ducks are waterfowl and are exempt from Pullorium testing.

  • The rapid whole blood plate test is only intended for use in chickens and other species listed above; NOT for turkeys. A different test must be used for turkeys.
  • Doves, pigeons and waterfowl are and have been exempt from testing in Ohio.

Market Turkey Pickup – May 11

The market turkeys are scheduled to ship from the hatchery next week. We are expecting them to arrive on Wednesday, May 11 in the afternoon. If the turkeys arrive as scheduled we will hold pick up at Heritage Cooperative at 219 S. Third Street in Marietta from 4 to 5 pm. You might want to call the Extension Office to make sure they have arrived before traveling.

If you have additional questions please call the Extension Office at 740-376-7431 or email

Bird Flu or Avian Influenza

Here is a fact sheet recently updated by OSU Extension so you can become more aware and educated about Avian Influenza. It answers questions like:

Q: How will I know if my birds get infected with this virus?

Q: Can this disease affect my backyard/show flock or 4-H project?

Backyard Poultry Biosecurity – April 5

With concerns are around HPAI and poultry rising, especially as we approach fair season, good biosecurity practices are very important! Learn about health risk and biosecurity practices specific to poultry projects with Dr. Tim McDermott!

Youth and adults are welcome to join us on April 5th from 5:30-7:00pm on Zoom (Zoom link and details below).

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 975 1045 5262

Password: 730686

March 26 – SEOPA Spring Poultry Show

Stop down and discover the world of fancy poultry! The SEOPA will be holding their annual poultry show March 26th at the Washington County fairgrounds. Starts at 9:00 am and there will be showmanship, an egg decorating contest, and admission is free!  Contact Colleen Michaels 740-213-7841 for more information.

Ohio Youth Poultry Clinic

  • 2022 Ohio Youth Poultry Clinic
    When: March 19, 2022 – 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Where: The Ohio State University ATI, 1328 Dover Road, Wooster, OH 44691
    Cost: $20.00 per youth and $25 per adult (includes morning refreshments and lunch)
    Deadline: Registration and payment postmarked by Wednesday, March 2, 2022 – Space is limited!
    Contact: Michael Cressman,

2022 Youth Poultry Clinic – REGISTRATION

Duck Pick Up Day

The market ducks are scheduled to arrive on Thursday July 22, 2021!  Please be at Heritage Country Store located on Third Street in Marietta from 3:00pm to 4:30pm.  Market duck exhibitors should have their pens ready for the new arrivals.  Please bring a box or carrier for your ducks to transport them home.  We will not have extra boxes to give you.  Stop by the counter at Heritage for any supplies or feed you need for your new ducks.  For questions please email or  Our office will be relocating next week and we will have limited phone and email service during that time.  You may also utilize our facebook page to send messages and we will keep you posted as the ducks arrive.

Chicken Pick Up Date

The chicks will be arriving this week on Thursday July 8!  Please have your pens ready at home and meet us at Heritage Country Store on Third Street in Marietta from 3-4:30pm.  We will be posting on facebook when they arrive, please bring a box to transport them home in and practice social distancing.  For questions call us at 740-376-7431