As a bird owner, keeping your birds healthy is a top priority. Biosecurity means doing everything you can to protect your birds from disease. Your birds can become sick or die from exposure to just a few unseen bacteria, viruses, or parasites. In a single day, these germs can multiply and infect all your birds. However, by practicing backyard biosecurity you can keep your birds safe from germs by creating and using a biosecurity plan.
In simple terms, biosecurity is informed common sense. Don't bring germs to your birds and don't bring your birds to germs. Germs are persistent, invisible killers that can survive in soil, droppings, and debris waiting to hitch a ride into your backyard and into your flock. An outbreak of a bird disease such as exotic Newcastle disease or highly pathogenic avian influenza could not only harm or kill your birds, it could spread quickly and kill other nearby birds. Early detection and reporting is the most important step in eradicating a disease outbreak.
Biosecurity practices don't have to be cumbersome or expensive. In fact, a small tub, a gallon of bleach or disinfectant, and a brush will go a long way toward protecting your birds from outside disease. Your property needs to be a safe area and biosecurity practices are the barriers you can use to keep disease out!
Do not wait to report unusual signs of disease or unexpected deaths among your birds. Call your agricultural extension agent, local veterinarian, the WSDA State Veterinarian (1-360-902-1878), or the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Veterinary Services office. USDA operates a toll-free hotline (1-866-536-7593) with veterinarians to help you. USDA wants to test sick birds to make sure they do not have a serious poultry disease. There is no charge for USDA veterinarians to work with you to conduct a disease investigation. Early reporting is important to protecting the health of your birds!
You can find more information on biosecurity for poultry on the USDA website,
Biosecurity for Poultry - Keeping Your Poultry Healthy