Posted by Dr. Chrislyn Wooden Nicholson, Poultry Well being Specialist, USDA Animal and Plant Well being Inspection Service in
Feb 21, 2017
Dr. Wooden on set with Wholesome Harry taping recent biosecurity movies.
Since December 2014, there have been a number of extremely pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) confirmations in migratory wild birds, again yard flocks, captive wild birds and business poultry in a number of states alongside the Pacific, Mississippi and Central Flyways. These HPAI virus strains can journey in wild birds with out them showing sick. Actually, if again yard poultry flocks are uncovered to those specific HPAI virus strains, they’re extremely contagious and trigger chicken demise. We expect that there might be extra HPAI confirmations this spring because the chicken migrations proceed, so for those who personal or deal with poultry, now could be an important time to envision your biosecurity practices. It is best to observe good biosecurity in any respect instances to assist defend the birds’ well being. Your actions could make a distinction! Be taught extra right here: http://healthybirds.aphis.usda.gov
As half of excellent biosecurity, it is best to forestall contact between your birds and wild birds, and report sick birds or uncommon chicken deaths to State/Federal officers, both via the state veterinarian or via USDA’s toll-free quantity: 1-866-536-7593. You furthermore may ought to keep away from contact with sick/lifeless poultry or wildlife. If contact happens, wash your fingers with cleaning soap and water and alter clothes earlier than having any contact with wholesome home poultry and birds. You might be the most effective safety your birds have! Be taught extra right here: http://healthybirds.aphis.usda.gov
What’s biosecurity? Biosecurity means taking some easy steps to maintain your birds away from germs AND germs away out of your birds. When you observe good biosecurity, you’ll assist guarantee your birds stay wholesome.
For yard chicken house owners, there are 6 easy steps to biosecurity:
Business producers ought to observe biosecurity suggestions from their business associations and the Nationwide Poultry Enchancment Plan.
Wish to be taught extra about training good biosecurity whereas being entertained? Have to share info with 4H, FFA or college teams? Listed below are hyperlinks to a collection of movies about biosecurity on YouTube:
Wholesome Flocks Rock
Maintain It Clear
Know Your Birds
Easy Steps to Maintain Your Yard Poultry Wholesome
These movies will enable you see biosecurity in motion so you’ll be able to really feel assured you take the best steps to guard your yard birds.