If you have backyard chickens or if you are thinking of getting some here is information on biosecurity and the DOs and DON’TS on Backyard Chickens.

Know the warning signs of infectious bird diseases

Early detection is important when you are trying to prevent desease. You will want to watch out for:

  • Sudden increase in the number of bird deaths in your flock.
  • Sneezing, gasping for air, coughing, and nasal discharge.
  • Watery and green diarrhea.
  • Lack of energy and poor appetite.
  • Drop in egg production, or soft thin shelled, misshapen eggs.
  • Swelling around the eyes, neck, and head.
  • Purple discoloration of the wattles, combs, and legs
  • Tremers, drooping wings, circling, twisting of the head and neck, or lack of movement.

Salmonella: from chickens to humans Reduce the risk of a Salmonella infection from live poultry:


  • Wash hands with soap and water immediately after touching live poultry or any other areas where they live and roam.
  • Supervise the young children and make sure they wash their hands.
  • Wash your hands after removing your soiled clothes and shoes.
  • Thoroughly cook eggs
  • Clean equipment and all materials, such as your cages, feed, and water containers


  • Do not let children under 5 years old, older adults, or people with weak immune systems handle or touch live poultry.
  • Do not eat or drink where the birds live or roam.
  • Do not let live poultry inside the house, (outside of a cage) especially in the areas where food or drink is usually prepaired, served, or stored.