HPAI wild fowl

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)

Defend the Flock - Resource Center

The Defend the Flock Resource Center brings together biosecurity information and free resources from USDA and other experts, including growers, veterinarians, state agencies, scientists, and industry professionals. 

All the information you need to practice good biosecurity is available here , including checklists, resource guides, videos, and other tools:  www.aphis.usda.gov


Best practices include:

  • Discourage unnecessary visitors and use biosecurity signs to warn people not to enter buildings without permission.
  • Ask all visitors if they have had any contact with any birds in the past five days.
  • Forbid entry to employees and visitors who own any kind of fowl.
  • Require all visitors to cover and disinfect all footwear.
  • Lock all entrances to chicken houses after hours.
  • Avoid non-essential vehicular traffic on-farm.
  • After hauling birds to processors, clean and disinfect poultry transport coops and vehicles before they return to the farm.
  • Report anything unusual.

In addition to practicing good biosecurity, poultry owners should keep their birds away from wild ducks and geese and their droppings. Outdoor access for poultry should be limited at this time.


Raptors and HPAI:

More information about how raptors are affected by this virus was shared by the University of Minnesota on 2/28/22. The link to the webinar recording can be found at:  https://mediaspace.umn.edu/media/t/1_n0drrg4i

Where do I report sick birds?

If you think your flock has been exposed to HPAI in Seneca County, contact:

Judy Wright, Sr. Agriculture Economic Specialist - jlw24@cornell.edu or 315-539-9251 ext. 109

Ryan Staychock, Environmental/Natural Resources Educator - ryan.staychock@cornell.edu or 315-539-9251 ext. 110, cell: 585-694-0305

NPIP (National Poultry Improvement Program):

There are many hatcheries that participate in this program, which tests against poultry diseases, including Avian Influenza. Participating hatcheries also have biosecurity measures in place to help mitigate the risk of disease on their farms, which means a lower risk to you if you’re buying chicks in. If you aren’t sure if the hatchery you source from is NPIP certified, you can use this NPIP Participants States page to search for them (the map is clickable):  http://www.poultryimprovement.org/statesContent.cfm

The New York specific hatchery page can be found here:


Last updated May 16, 2024