Protecting your birds from disease is important. Take your biosecurity to the next level and strengthen Minnesota’s poultry industry. Eliminate opportunities for your birds to interact with wild birds. Wild waterfowl are carriers of disease, like HPAI. The best way to avoid diseases that wildlife carry is to keep domestic animals separated from the wild.
If you have birds at home, do not visit another farm, home or facility that also has birds. Poultry producers should also avoid swine premises because of the risk of potential influenza transmission. If you must visit another premises, be sure to clean yourself and your clothing before and after.
Remember, vehicles can carry disease. Before you drive down the road, consider where you are going and be sure your vehicle is clean and free of dirt, manure and other organic material.
Early detection can help prevent the spread of disease. Knowing the signs to look for and monitoring the health of your birds on a regular basis is very important. Some signs to look for include nasal discharge, unusually quiet birds, decreased food and water consumption, drop in egg production, and increased/unusual death loss in your flock.
Report sick and dead birds to state health officials immediately. If your poultry appear sick or you have experienced increased mortality, please contact the MPTL at 320-231-5170.
- Keep your distance, and isolate your birds from visitors and other birds.
- Keep it clean, prevent germs from spreading by cleaning shoes, tools and equipment.
- Don’t haul disease home.
- Don’t borrow disease from your neighbor; avoid sharing tools and equipment.
- Know the warning signs of infectious bird diseases.
- Report unusual signs of disease or unexpected deaths.