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Defend the Flock Resource Center

Defend the Flock Resource Center

The Defend the Flock program provides information and resources from USDA and other experts for keeping poultry healthy. It includes practical tips from growers like you, veterinarians, state agencies, scientists, and industry professionals for practicing biosecurity every day. Biosecurity is a team effort. We have to work together to defend our nation’s flocks.

All of the information you need to practice good biosecurity is provided here. There are checklists, resource guides, videos, and other tools. Post the checklists in your poultry house or coop for daily reminders. Download the guides to share with family or new hires. Share the videos with other owners and growers. Use the Defend the Flock toolkit to distribute information about biosecurity within your organization.

Bookmark this page and check back regularly as new resources will continue to be added.

Cleaning and Disinfection Checklist 
Keeping coops and poultry houses clean is vital for protecting all flocks. Download this simple checklist.

Checklist for Cleaning and Disinfecting Poultry Enclosures|

Checklist for Equipment and Vehicles 

Checklist for Personnel and Visitors

Checklist To Protect Against Wild Birds, Rodents, and Insects

Know Your Numbers: Who to Call In Case of Emergency
Use this template to record phone numbers for your local vet, state extension resources, and other important contacts. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is available toll-free at 1-866-536-7593.

Defend the Flock  (English | Spanish

Clean and Disinfect Equipment and Vehicles (English | Spanish)

Protective Gear and Personnel (English | Spanish)

Proper Cleaning Procedures Before and After Handling Birds (English | Spanish)

Establish Perimeters and Boundaries (English | Spanish)

Stay up to date on biosecurity and follow the Defend the Flock campaign on Facebook and Twitter

Download graphics and educational information and become a Flock Defender

  • Sample social media posts
  • “Turnkey” content for websites and e-newsletters
  • Sample social media graphic
  • Sample biosecurity checklist
  • APHIS Avian Health Website
  • Campaign launch press release
  • Defend the Flock Badge/Logo
  • Launch press release
  • Checklists of biosecurity best practices
  • Bios of campaign spokespeople
  • Social media graphics

National Poultry Improvement Plan

National Agricultural Library (NAL)
The NAL site provides access to one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of information on agriculture.

Smuggling, Interdiction and Trade Compliance Program (SITC)
SITC conducts antismuggling activities to prevent unlawful entry and distribution of prohibited agricultural commodities and products that may harbor harmful exotic plants and animal pests, diseases, or invasive species.

Additional resources to help you care for your flocks

Center for Disease Control (CDC)
Learn what the CDC is doing to help people protect themselves against AI. and
The official government Web site for information on pandemic flu and avian flu.

United States Geologic Survey (USGS)
The National Wildlife Health Center at USGS has an avian influenza site with maps, news updates, and fact sheets focusing on wild birds.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is responsible for keeping America's borders safe and secure. CBP works to keep illegal material (including birds and poultry) or individuals from entering the United States, while also facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. See travel tips on bringing items into the United States.

National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Find your nearest Cooperative Extension Office through this comprehensive and easy to navigate directory developed by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Extension Disaster Education Network
The Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) links Extension educators from across the U.S. and various disciplines, enabling them to use and share resources to reduce the impact of disasters.

Diagnostic Laboratories
APHIS has developed a list of diagnostic labs that deal with poultry. This list includes contact information for labs in several states.

State Veterinarians
The United States Animal Health Association has compiled a comprehensive list of State Veterinarians organized by state. The list includes contact information.

State Departments of Agriculture
The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) maintains an online directory of all State Departments of Agriculture.

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