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Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) has been reported in Lincoln County. Take steps now to protect your birds. For more information, visit this link.​


Backyard biosecurity means doing everything you can to protect your birds from disease including Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI).

As a bird owner, keeping your birds healthy is a top priority. Your birds can become sick or die from exposure to just a few unseen bacteria, viruses or parasites. In a single day, these germs can multiply and infect all of your birds. By practicing backyard biosecurity, you will help keep your birds healthy.

If you follow some basic tips and make them part of your routine, you decrease the risk of disease entering your flock and persisting in soil, droppings and debris. Practicing biosecurity is an investment in the health of your birds.  

Report Sick Birds 

Don’t wait. If your birds are sick or dying, call your local cooperative extension office, local veterinarian, the State Veterinarian, or U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Veterinary Services office to report. USDA operates a toll-free hotline with veterinarians to help you.

Call your local cooperative extension office, or local veterinarian. Other contacts include:

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Veterinary Services, 866–536–7593

Dr. Charlie Hatcher, State Veterinarian, Tennessee Department of Agriculture's office 615-837-5120

Dr. Lew Strickland, lstrick5@utk.edu, or 865-974-3538

For more information, visit this link.