Protecting Your Backyard Flock from Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) has been detected in wild birds in MASSACHUSETTS.

HPAI has been detected in either wild water birds, domestic birds, or both, along the east coast from Canada to Florida. Affected states include MA, CT, ME, NH, NY, and others. HPAI surveillance of domestic and wild birds in MA is ongoing.
Based on detections in birds in multiple locations in MA and surrounding states, HPAI appears to be prevalent in at least some species of this region's wild bird population. This means that all domestic poultry in Massachusetts may be at risk of exposure.

Waterbirds including shorebirds, gulls, and waterfowl, especially geese and dabbling ducks like Mallards, are most likely to carry the HPAI virus. Use good biosecurity to protect your flock and your facility against the HPAI virus. Keep wild waterbirds away from your flock. Flock owners and visitors may accidentally expose their flocks to HPAI through contaminated shoes, clothing, or equipment.

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) has published recommendations of ways to mitigate the greatest risks to your birds or farm from Avian Influenza. Download it here: Biosecurity-for-Your-Backyard-Flock3-1-2022.pdf

Please report sick or dead birds:
Domestic Birds: 617-626-1795 (MDAR)
Wild Birds: 508-389-6300 (Mass Wildlife)

Posted: to General News on Wed, Apr 13, 2022
Updated: Fri, May 6, 2022

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