Should I vaccinate my small flock of chickens for Avian flu?
The dangerous Asian type of avian influenza is not present in the U.S., currently, and no vaccine is available for small homestead flocks. For additional information, please see the National Chicken Council Web site on Avian Influenza. You can also contact the Emergency Programs at the USDA Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (1) if you have more questions. It is important to use basic biosecurity on your farm, such as using footbaths to disinfect your footwear and reducing unnecessary visitors to your farm. In some European countries, all poultry must be raised indoors temporarily, and live bird markets are a concern. Surveillance of migratory birds is one of the main tools in the U.S. to monitor the situation. At this point, there is no need to eliminate homestead flocks. Reference1) USDA, APHIS, VS Emergency Programs 4700 River Road, Unit 41 Riverdale, MD 20737?1231 Telephone (301) 734?8073 Fax (301) 734?7817ResourceAnon. 2005. Bird flu strategy may affect small farms. Growing for Market. November. P. 9-10.