& AVIAN FLU INFORMATION
latest news stories about this disease have backed off from their
earlier treatment that made the new bird or avian flu strain sound
like it will be the next pandemic. Knowing a bit about chicken diseases,
I know that various strains of Avian flu have been around for centuries.
There are some basic rules for poultry care that will help protect
your flock (and you).
Keep your flock
separated from wild birds in a fenced yard with netting overhead
will reduce the chance of transmission -bird flu is just like any
human flu, the germs have to come from another animal.
be found in excrement, feathers, blood, spit and nasal secretions,
avoid contamination.Wash your hands with soap and water after touching
handling your chickens, do not touch any food, your nose, eyes or
mouth before you wash your hands.
flesh and eggs thoroughly.
a chicken dies, put on rubber gloves before touching it, wrap it tightly
in a sealed plastic bag and dispose of the bird properly.
flock and personal sanitation as described in the 'preventing avian
flu' and other articles below.
University site monitoring Avian flu in US
flu fact sheet and many links
for Disease Control Avian Flu fact sheet
handling practices during a flu outbreak
sheet about the flu from USDA
of Avian Flu symptoms in birds with pictures