Avian Influenza: Backyard Poultry Recommendations
Avian Influenza: Backyard Poultry HealthUC Davis Veterinary Medicine Extension's letter to small flock owners with respect to avian influenza.
University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine avian influenza information, with some helpful photos.
USDA Backyard Biosecurity is the best site for learning how to protect your flock.
Know the signs of avian influenza
- Sudden death without clinical signs
- Lack of energy and appetite
- Decreased egg production and/or soft-shelled or misshapen eggs
- Swelling of the head, eyelids, comb, wattles, and hocks
- Purple discoloration of the wattles, combs, and legs
- Nasal discharge, coughing, sneezing
If you see sick birds, report them right away. Don't worry about false alarms, the veterinarians want to hear from you and there is no charge. Call USDA Veterinary Services toll-free at 1-866-536-7593 or Vermont Agency of Agriculture's Animal Health Office at 1-802-828-2421.
And practice biosecurity. Visit USDA Backyard Biosecurity for simple steps to take to keep your birds free from disease.
Last modified May 05 2011 11:27 AM