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, email@example.com, or
more information, visit this link.