Raising backyard poultry is a growing trend across the United States. It is very important for all backyard poultry owners to know the signs of two deadly poultry diseases, as well as the basic “biosecurity” steps you can take to protect your birds. APHIS runs the Biosecurity for Birds campaign to help raise awareness among backyard, hobby and pet bird owners.
Biosecurity is the key to keeping your poultry healthy. "Bio" refers to life, and "security" indicates protection. By following good biosecurity practices, you can reduce the chances of an infectious disease being carried to your farm, your backyard, your aviary, or your pet birds, by people, animals, equipment, or vehicles, either accidentally or on purpose.
By following good biosecurity, you decrease the risk of END and AI on poultry farms; loss of export markets, public concern, and cancellation of poultry shows, auctions, fairs, and exhibits as a result of disease outbreaks; and quarantines resulting in financial losses due to disease outbreaks.
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Spring into Chick Season with Biosecurity Basics
Join us for a webinar on March 2, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST
Join USDA APHIS for its webinar over Biosecurity for Birds on March 2, 2017 from 4-5 p.m. EST. Learn how to protect your flock from disease and how to keep them healthy during chick season in the spring.
If you would like to listen to the webinar, it can be found online at http://healthybirds.aphis.usda.gov, along with other resources on biosecurity.
You can also join the conversation on Twitter by following Healthy Harry on Twitter @Healthy_Harry or on Facebook via Healthy Harry’s Biosecurity For Birds group.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Watch Healthy Harry and Dr. Kate's videos to get important tips to keep your birds healthy and safe.