Protecting Your Flock

It is important to protect your flock from the spread of diseases. This can be done by utilizing the following biosecurity practices recommended by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA):

  • Prevent contact between domestic and wild birds by bringing them indoors or ensuring their outdoor area is fully enclosed.
  • Wash hands before and after handling birds as well as when moving between different coops.
  • Disinfect boots and other gear when moving between coops.
  • Do not share equipment or other supplies between coops or other farms.
  • Clean and disinfect equipment and other supplies between uses. If it cannot be disinfected, discard it. 
  • Use well water or municipal water as drinking water for birds.
  • Keep poultry feed secure so there is no contact between the feed/feed ingredients and wild birds or rodents.

For current information on the status of avian influenza in Michigan, please visit the MDARD website.

Biosecurity handouts and posters

Biosecurity Stop sign

Avian Influenza Biosecurity poster

Avian Influenza Biosecurity Poster for 4-H and Youth

Additional resources, including videos, tip sheets, contact information and biosecurity recommendations can be found at on Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development's Avian Influenza website. 

Visit MDARD Avian Influenza Resources Website