October 2022 - USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in backyard flocks in Logan County, Kentucky and Fayette County, Kentucky
February 2022 - USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in a commercial broiler flock in Fulton County, Kentucky. A commercial flock of turkeys has also been confirmed with HPAI in Webster County. In addition, 2 dead snow geese tested positive in Ballard County, 4 hunter-harvested gadwalls tested positive in Henderson County and 4 live mallards tested positive in Meade County.
Avian influenza hit the headlines went it jumped from chickens to humans in Asia. There are many types of avian influenza and the strains that have appeared in Asia are not present in the United States. While keeping chickens outdoors increases their contact with wild birds, it is unlikely that they will be exposed to the deadly strain of avian influenza. Small flock owners should be on the lookout for other strains of avian influenza. A good biosecurity program is essential to keep any disease-causing organisms out of your flock.
Bird flu: Identification and reporting (University of Kentucky)
Bird flu - Biosecurity & Prevention (University of Kentucky)
Bird flu - Cleaning and disinfection (University of Kentucky)
Bird flu - Considerations for pets and non-farm animals(University of Kentucky)
Bird flu - Information for hunters and taxidermists (University of Kentucky)
Avian Influenza in poultry (University of Florida)
Youtube videos (University of Maryland):
- Avian influenza: Backyard poultry producers 2018
- Avian influenza: Commercial farmers 2018
- Avian influenza: Technical services personnel 2018