Avian Influenza What to Do as a Backyard Grower
Promptly report any observation of domestic or wild birds with AI symptoms!
If you suspect your birds have avian influenza, report it online at https://hpai.ms.gov/ or by calling the Animal Disaster hotline at 1-888-722-3106.
Avian influenza (AI) is a disease caused by Type A viruses. These viruses thrive in wild aquatic birds and can infect domestic poultry such as backyard birds. Infection can occur through contact with fecal material, saliva, or mucous. Infection causes bird illness or even death.
Monitor Your Flock!
Mild AI symptoms are similar to a respiratory disease:
- Swollen face
- Watery eyes
- Nasal discharge
Severe symptoms include:
- Decreased feed and water intake
- Decreased production
- Increased mortality and morbidity
- Soft eggshells
- Discolored combs and feet
Protect Your Flock!
- Practice a strong biosecurity program.
- Use dedicated footwear for your coop.
- Wash your hands.
- Don’t let poultry drink from an untreated water source.
- Prevent contact between your birds and wild birds.
- Limit hunting trips and contact with any other birds
(neighbor flocks, auctions, and markets).
- Report sick or dying birds to proper officials.
Questions about avian influenza?
Call your local MSU Extension agent, the MSU Extension poultry specialist at (662) 325-3416, or the Mississippi Board of Animal Health at (601) 359-1170.
M2438 (03-23) • Produced by Agricultural Communications.
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