[ACT NOW] See how to keep the deadly Avian Influenza from your farm Part 6
- Remove standing water—grade roads and fill mud holes.
- Maintain proper grade and slope to ditches that carry water away from poultry houses. Use culverts if necessary.
- Manage risks at ponds and basins properly.
- Do not use untreated surface water as a water source for poultry or for washing down/cleaning.
- Minimize food sources. Do not feed wildlife.
- Manage wildlife feed, such as grass seeds and insects.
- Mow frequently, and do not store litter outside near poultry houses.
- Cover waste at all times. Securely close trash can lids.
- Cover birds in composter to prevent scavengers from removing mortality losses.
- Remove perches/nesting sites around houses, and plug all holes.
- Inspect foam insulation for rodent and bird damage.
- Note that it is unlawful to remove nests with eggs or young in them at any time of year.
- Move decoys and scare devices (if used) frequently to improve effectiveness.
- Avoid lethal removal of wild birds to prevent the spread of HPAI. Because of the high number and constant movement of wild birds, the use of lethal methods is neither practical nor environmentally sound.
These steps will help ensure the health and safety of Nigerian poultry flocks and the multi-billion naira poultry industry. Normal daily mortality should not be reported because this will only slow officials in trying to determine the actual disease status. However, a drastic change in flock health status or sudden large increase in mortality should be reported.
Commercial producers should contact their service technicians for guidance and assistance at the first sign of a potential disease issue.
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