For the Birds
Q. What is Biosecurity For the Birds?
A. Biosecurity For the Birds is an outreach and
education campaign begun in 2004, to reach out to
backyard poultry producers and bird owners to edu-
cate them about the signs of infectious poultry
disease, the need to practice backyard biosecurity,
and the importance of reporting sick or dead birds.
Q. What is “backyard biosecurity?”
A. “Backyard biosecurity” means doing everything
you can to protect your birds from disease. There are
six basic steps you can take to protect your flocks and
practice good “Biosecurity for the Birds”:
1. Limit unwanted traffic to your property and
2. Keep it clean. Use bleach or other disinfec-
tant on your shoes, clothes, egg trays, flats,
and tools. Wash your hands thoroughly.
3. Don’t haul disease home on your truck or car.
Clean and disinfect car and truck tires, cages,
and equipment before going home if you’ve
been near other birds.
4. Don’t borrow diseases from other farms by
using your neighbor’s equipment, cages, tools,
5. Know the warning signs of infectious bird
6. Report any sick birds to your local coopera-
tive extension agent, local veterinarian, the
State veterinarian, State diagnostic labora-
tory, or the U.S. Department of Agriculture
(USDA) office at 1–866-536–7593.
Q. Why should I care about biosecurity?
A. If you own poultry, keeping your birds healthy is
a top priority. Outbreaks of bird diseases, such as
exotic Newcastle disease (END) or avian influenza
(AI), can spread and kill flocks quickly. An outbreak
can happen anywhere, and these diseases can spread
to surrounding birds if not immediately reported and
contained. Early detection and reporting are the most
important steps in eradicating a disease outbreak.
Q. What is AI or bird flu?
A. “Avian influenza” or bir