Avian Flu can be devastating to poultry flocks. Find out what you can do to help stop the spread.
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) A(H5) viruses have been detected in U.S. wild aquatic birds, commercial poultry and backyard or hobbyist flocks beginning in January 2022. The virus has been deemed low risk to humans by the CDC but can be spread by most types of fowl. Since the virus can be spread by wild birds’ poultry producers should anticipate the presence of the virus near their facilities, and place appropriate emphasis on biosecurity controls.
Small or “Backyard” flock producers should take steps to learn and implement biosecurity control principles to help limit the spread of the virus. These include:
- Monitoring bird health to quickly identify sick birds
- Minimizing the flocks contact with other poultry, especially wild birds
- Implementing/evaluating rodent control programs
- Narrowing the opportunity for germs to be brought into your flock by restricting visitors, changing footwear, washing hands, changing clothes, etc.
Resources to help producers prevent, identify, and track the spread of avian influenza can be found below.