How to protect Your chicken coop from bird flu?


How to protect Your chicken coop from bird flu?

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Avian Influenza (AI), also known as Bird Flu, is a group of viruses that affects both domestic and wild birds. Some signs of AI include:

  • Sudden death
  • Lack of energy and appetite
  • Decreased egg production
  • Soft-shelled or misshapen eggs
  • Swelling of the head, eyelids, comb, wattles, and hocks
  • Purple discoloration of the comb, wattles, and legs
  • Nasal discharge
  • Coughing and sneezing
  • Lack or coordination
  • Diarrhea

AI can be spread directly by healthy chickens coming into contact with infected birds, and indirectly by birds coming in contact with manure, equipment, vehicles, and people whose clothing or footwear have come into contact with the virus. Implementing a sound can help reduce the chance of introducing bird flu into your flock. Consider the following:

  1. Restrict access where your birds are kept. Limit access to only those caring for the birds. Visitors, especially other bird owners, should not be around your birds.
  2. Wild birds should not have contact with your chicken coop.
  3. Before entering your chicken farm, put on clean clothes, disinfect your footwear, and wash your hands.
  4. Clean chicken cages and poultry equipment
  5. Isolate sick chickens, and dispose of dead chickens quickly and properly.
  6. If you purchase new chicken, isolate them from the flock for 30 days.
  7. Do not borrow equipment, tools, or poultry supplies from other chicken owners. If you must borrow equipment, including cages and crates, be sure to clean, wash, and dry thoroughly.
  8. If your chickens become sick or if you have sudden death losses, report it to your veterinarian or extension office. Also, contact the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) when you have an outbreak. The toll-free number is (866) 536-7593. Reporting possible cases of AI can help stop the spread of the disease.
    • Today, Avian Influenza remains largely a threat to chick. In Asia, people with extensive direct contact with infected birds have become infected with a strain of the virus, and some have died. A great concern is the potential for the virus to mutate, resulting in a virus that could be passed from person to person. It is important for chicken owners to do all they can to fight AI.