NEWS UPDATE: USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in the state of Kentucky.

If you have multiple bird deaths, please contact the UK Animal Diagnostic Lab immediately. There is an after-hours contact number listed on their website if needed.

University of Kentucky's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

USDA APHIS | 2022 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

Anyone involved with poultry production from the small backyard to the large commercial producer should review their biosecurity activities to assure the health of their birds. APHIS has materials about biosecurity, including videos, checklists, and a toolkit available at

In addition to practicing good biosecurity, all bird owners should prevent contact between their birds and wild birds and report sick birds or unusual bird deaths to State/Federal officials, either through their state veterinarian or through USDA’s toll-free number at 1-866-536-7593. Additional information on biosecurity for backyard flocks can be found at

Bird flu - Information for hunters and taxidermists

Bird flu - Identification and reporting

Bird flu - Considerations for pets and non-farm animals

Bird flu - Cleaning and disinfection

Bird flu - Biosecurity and Prevention

Welcome to the University of Kentucky's poultry pages. Poultry is Kentucky's number 1 agricultural industry as well as the number one food commodity. Poultry production is a $900 million industry in Kentucky. Poultry production is also popular with small flock owners. Poultry are even kept in some cities, though in much reduced numbers.

If you have questions regarding poultry production or poultry products check out our extension publications. If you are interested in a career in the poultry industry you'll find what you need to know under undergraduate or graduate programs.

POULTRY refers to a group of domesticated birds kept for food (meat and/or eggs), fiber (feathers), entertainment (racing, exhibition, hunting, etc.) or work (messenger pigeons). This includes chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, pigeons, guinea fowl, quail (Bobwhite or Japanese), ostrich, emus, etc.