- By April W Bowman
- Posted Tuesday, April 5, 2022
Avian Influenza AKA Bird Flu is Spreading Across North Carolina and the U.S.
Poultry owners are highly encouraged to keep their flock under roof, in their coop, etc. The High Pathological Avian Influenza (known as High Path AI or HPAI) is a deadly disease for chickens and turkeys which is caused by a virus that can be easily spread. Migratory birds moving over the Atlantic flyway are able to carry the virus without showing symptoms. North Carolina is part of the Atlantic flyway. All North Carolina poultry shows, and public sales will be suspended due to the threat of highly pathogenic avian influenza. This includes all exhibitions, farm tours, shows, sales, flea markets, auction markets, swaps, and meets pertaining to poultry and feathered fowl in North Carolina. These activities are suspended until further notice.
Do you have a backyard flock? Backyard flocks have the potential to come in close contact with migratory birds that could possibly carry HPAI. This is what you can do to help protect your flock during this critical time in the next 30 days (the time frame migratory birds are most likely flying over NC): Being ‘COOPED UP’ is a good thing!
- Keep your flock ENCLOSED in a pen without access to wild birds (avoid uncovered free ranging of birds for next 30 days).
- Know the signs of High Path Avian Influenza:
Know the Lows: Low energy, appetite, activity, & egg production
- Oopsy Eggs: soft shelled or misshapen
- Unwell Swells: Swollen head, eyelids, combs, & wattles
- Nasty Noses: Runny nares (aka nostrils of birds) & difficulty breathing
- Tripping, Tremors, & Twisting: head & neck twist, birds stumble, circle, & fall
- Unpopular Purple & Green Goo: Purple wattles, combs, legs, & Green diarrhea
See the signs in your flock? Make a call asap to your:
- Local veterinarian
- NC State Veterinary Office at 919-707-3250
- NC Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory System at 919-733-3986
Practice B.E.S.T. BIOSECURITY:
- B – Bird Boots – a pair of shoes or boots that go only to your coop or are cleaned before leaving your coop or farm
- E – Eliminate Exposure- to outside birds
- S – Super Soap – clean clothes, vehicles, hands, etc. that have contact with other flocks or migratory birds
- T- Tell – see symptoms, make sure a veterinarian knows
Learn more about biosecurity here.
Dr. Mike Martin, our state veterinarian, is asking for each of us to do our part to help prevent the spread of HPAI and protect all of our flocks. It is time to practice your B.E.S.T. Biosecurity! Find out more about Avian Influenza.
Article courtesy of https://poultry4hyouth.ces.ncsu.edu/2022/01/help-protect-nc-flocks-from-high-path-avian-influenza/