October 26, 2015

UC Davis vets offer tips to prevent bird flu in backyard chickens

With a potential increase in avian influenza this fall when wild waterfowl migrate south from their northern breeding grounds, the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine reminds chicken owners to be extra-vigilant to ensure that their birds don’t contract or pass on the virus. Commonly called “bird flu,” the avian influenza virus is routinely found in wild waterfowl. When this virus spreads to chickens and other domestic poultry, it can cause significant mortality and economic loss.
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