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Home / Important Facts about Avian Influenza (Bird Flu)

Important Facts about Avian Influenza (Bird Flu)

Avian Influenza (also known as "bird flu") has been reported in several states. We share the following as a public service to keep our customers better informed with suggestive ways of protecting your flocks.

Protecting Your Flock
The best way to protect your flock is to follow strict bio-security procedures:
  • Protect your flock from coming into contact with wild birds. A major vector for the introduction of Avian Influenza is migratory birds.
  • Use foot-baths with appropriate disinfectants to clean footwear when moving from an area where wild birds might be present, to the areas where your flocks are housed.

Avian Influenza Facts
  • Avian Influenza H5N2 and H5N8, that has been reported in the U.S., has only affected birds, NOT HUMANS.
  • You can NOT get avian influenza from properly handled cooked food. Microorganisms of all kinds are destroyed when the product reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • There is not a vaccine available in the USA.
  • This Map, produced by the USDA shows reported outbreaks. If you are near one of these locations you may want to take extra caution.
  • If you require additional information please contact your local veterinarian or Extension Office. They are better equipped to answer questions for your area.

What is McMurray Hatchery doing?

McMurray Hatchery participates is the USDA National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP), is certified "AI Clean” and "Salmonella Monitored". As participants in this program, we follow a very stringent vaccination, biosecurity, and testing protocol. We test all of our flocks monthly for AI and Salmonella. You can be assured you are receiving healthy baby chicks.