USDA to hold webinar on healthy backyard poultry

03-11-2010 | |

As part of Biosecurity for Birds’ Bird Health Awareness Week, the US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is sponsoring a free webinar called, ‘The Word on Healthy Birds’.

The webinar will take place on November 5 and be hosted by USDA’s poultry veterinarian, Martin Smeltzer and Andy Schneider, an Atlanta radio personality known as the ‘Chicken Whisperer’.

“The webinar will cover valuable information on raising healthy backyard poultry,” Smeltzer said. “Topics will include how to keep your flock safe from predators and disease, the biggest threats to keeping your birds healthy and signs and symptoms of infectious diseases.”

More than 200 people have already signed up to participate in ‘The Word on Healthy Birds’ webinar.

Since 2004, APHIS has been conducting an extensive outreach and education program/campaign called ‘Biosecurity for Birds’, which reaches out to backyard poultry and pet-bird owners to provide tips and advice on how to recognize signs of disease and to prevent diseases from reaching their birds. APHIS’ efforts are in recognition of the importance of preventing infectious poultry diseases, such as high pathogenic avian influenza and exotic Newcastle disease, from being introduced into the country.

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