Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) Warning Signs to Look for in Your Flock
Confirmation of HPAI H7N8 Avian Influenza in Dubois County, Indiana
With confirmation of 10 cases of HPAI H7N8 Bird Flu in Dubois County, Indiana and over 240,000 birds affected, biosecurity measures are paramount. The warning signs to look for in your flock include:
- Sudden death
- Lack of appetite
- Sores or ulcers
- Decrease in production such as eggs
- Swollen heads
- Head drooping or staggering
- Excessive salivating
QC Supply is a leading supplier of products for the livestock and poultry industries. Measures to help ensure livestock health include prevention and cleaning. There has been a tremendous concern voiced from poultry producers on biosecurity protection for their farms.
PREVENTION for poultry producers starts at the driveway and continues through each area of your operation. Disinfecting vehicles and animal handling equipement will help reduce the risk to your flock. Ensuring your feed bins have secure lids will help deter wild birds and other animals from contaminating the troughs.
CLEANING your operation thouroughly is critical. Soil, manure, saliva and organic material can carry diseases. Washing your hands with soap and water before and after handling animals is one of the easiest biosecurity measures. Disinfectant baths and mats will help reduce the risk of germs being brought in on your shoes. Disposable coveralls and rubber gloves will help with your biosecurity protection program.
For more information on biosecurity protection, give QC Supply a call today at 800-433-6340 or visit us online at http://www.qcsupply.com/farm-livestock/bio-security.html . Our experts can assist you in implementing and continuing your biosecurity program.