News Release

For immediate release: March 6, 2024

Contact: Michael Crusan

Protect your poultry from disease with the power of biosecurity

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health is launching new spring biosecurity educational materials for both would-be bird buyers and experienced poultry owners on how the simple steps and routines of biosecurity can greatly reduce disease risks. People may raise different types of birds for all kinds of different reasons, and the one thing they should all have in common is basic biosecurity.

“Poultry owners might be used to us sounding the alarm on highly pathogenic avian influenza, or HPAI, this time of year and talking about how biosecurity can limit the threat of this disease,” said Senior Veterinarian Dr. Shauna Voss. “This year we’re taking a different approach and instead of highlighting one disease, we’re highlighting one solution for many diseases, which is effective biosecurity.”

Biosecurity is everyone’s responsibility and revolves around the idea of preventing the introduction and spread of disease by using proactive routines. Done effectively, it can also extend far beyond a backyard flock. Biosecurity and good animal husbandry habits can keep birds healthier and reduce the need for antibiotics or other treatments, leading to a healthier environment for all.

Spring is a popular time of year to buy baby poultry and get started on this season’s backyard flock. With that in mind, the Board developed resources for first timers just getting started with poultry, seasoned poultry pros who might need a little refresher, and even people without poultry who can pick up a few good habits around any domesticated animals. These resources are available in checklist-based formats to guide people new to the concept of biosecurity through the small things they can do to make a big impact on their flock health. Some examples include:

  • Keep your coop clean.
  • Wash your hands before and after handling birds or eggs.
  • Change into coop-specific footwear.
  • Call your veterinarian if birds look sick.

There are three new flyers:

  1. Biosecurity for the Public.
  2. Biosecurity Checklist for New Poultry Owners.
  3. Biosecurity Checklist for Experienced Poultry Owners.

Additional resources will be coming throughout the spring and early summer. Visit the Board of Animal Health’s website or follow along on social media (Facebook and LinkedIn) to keep up to date.