Avian Influenza – Are your chickens sick?

This virus is spread by waterfowl (ducks and geese). These birds act completely normal and show no signs of illness.  If you live near any soft of water that keeps wild water fowl frequently, keeping your birds inside is critical!  The virus can also be spread by birds of prey (hawks/eagles/falcons) and some songbirds.

The virus can affect all of the following birds – chickens, quail, peafowl, guinea, ducks, geese, emu, ostrich, and others

This virus is HIGHLY contagious and MUST be reported to the state officials. Please do not allow outside birds- including new birds to mix with your current flock. If you plan on adding new birds it is advised you quarantine them for 30 DAYS!

If a positive test is confirmed in a flock the entire flock is considered infected, and all birds would be humanely euthanized.

If you suspect your birds are showing any of the symptoms please contact our office. Other important information include:

State Animal Health Diagnostic Lab (Ithaca, NY) 607-253-3900 or poultryhealth@cornell.edu

USDA – 866-536-7593

For a complete fact sheet download it here: INFO