Agriculture – Backyard Poultry

Avian Influenza Virus – Found in Tennessee

Check out the YouTube link below for information from the Tennessee State Veterinarian, Dr. Charles Hatcher.

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Dr. Charles Hatcher Interview – Part I
Dr. Charles Hatcher Interview – Part II​

Avian Influenza Virus – Update for Tennessee Residents 

State of Tennessee abbreviation

Tennessee Department of Agriculture

What Does The Specialist Say? : The University of Tennessee Veterinarian

Keep Your Distance

Restrict access to your property and your birds. Consider fencing off the area where you keep your birds and make a barrier area if possible. Allow only people who take care of your birds to come into contact with them. If visitors have birds of their own, do not let them near your birds. Game birds and migratory waterfowl should not have contact with your flock because they are carriers of Avian Influenza.

Keep It Clean  

Wear clean clothes, scrub your shoes with disinfectant, and wash your hands thoroughly before entering your bird area. Clean cages and change food and water daily. Clean and disinfect equipment that comes in contact with your birds or their droppings, including cages and tools. Remove manure before disinfecting. Properly dispose of dead birds.

Don’t Haul Disease Home

If you have been near other birds or bird owners, such as at a feed store, clean and disinfect car and truck tires, poultry cages, and equipment before going home. Have your birds been to a fair or exhibition? Keep them separated from the rest of your flock for at least 2 weeks after the event. New birds should be kept separate from your flock for at least 30 days.

Don’t Borrow Disease from Your Neighbor

Do not share lawn and garden equipment, tools, or poultry supplies with your neighbors or other bird owners. If you do bring these items home, clean and disinfect them before they reach your property.