What is Avian Flu or HPAI? Avian Influenza has the potential to be a catastrophic disease in poultry, especially turkeys and mature chickens and can occur whether you have a small/backyard or large flock. Mortalities close to 100% of the flock may occur with HPAI infections, and sometimes death is so sudden that there are not many, if any, signs of the disease in most of the animals.
Poultry owners, whether you have one bird or one million birds, should be on high alert. Now is the time to review your biosecurity plans. If possible, keep your birds indoors to prevent contact with wild birds. Have dedicated clothes and footwear that you only use when interacting with your flock. Clean and disinfect all tools and equipment used in and around your flock. More information can be found on the resources below.
If you suspect your poultry is infected with avian influenza, please report your concerns 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to the Pennsylvania Bureau of Animal Health and Diagnostic Services at 717-772-2852, option 1.
Sick or dead wild birds should be reported to the Pennsylvania Game Commission at 610-926-3136 or email@example.com.