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Information on laying and meat chickens and turkey, pheasant and partridge production and flock plans, feed management and poultry health and diseases, including avian influenza. Tips on small-scale egg production, both organic and non-organic.

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Pest Management Recommendations for Poultry
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Pest Management Recommendations for Poultry

Charles W. Pitts, Phillip E. Kaufman, Donald A. Rutz

Flies, beetles, and mites are often a major concern for commercial poultry operations in the northeastern United States. More
Blood Collection from Poultry
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Blood Collection from Poultry

Eva Wallner-Pendleton, DVM, MS, ACPV

10:44

This video describes taking blood samples from poultry to test for exposure to infectious diseases. Correct bird restraint and handling of the sample are also demonstrated. More
Poultry Production - Back to the Basics
Poultry Production - Back to the Basics - Articles Articles
Importance of water quality in poultry. Simple tips and advice to improve water sanitation. More
Protecting your Poultry
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Protecting your Poultry

Erin Greenleaf, Capri Stiles-Mikesell

10:03

This video will walk you through the many responsibilities that go along with a poultry project such as keeping your birds healthy, happy, and free from harm. More
Agroterrorism: A Threat to US Animal Agriculture Agroterrorism: A Threat to US Animal Agriculture - Articles

Agroterrorism: A Threat to US Animal Agriculture

Bhushan M. Jayarao, MVSc, PhD, MPH

The first of a two part series about agroterrorism More
Biosecurity Overview
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Biosecurity Overview

Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD

Farm Biosecurity: Management practices to minimize or prevent the transmission of disease within and between herds and flocks. More
Biosecurity Signs
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Biosecurity Signs

Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD, Louise Byler

Examples of biosecurity signs that can be posted at animal farms/facilities to reduce the risk of importing/transmitting disease. More
Biosecurity Risk of Vets, Ag Service Personnel and Visitors
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A checklist to determine the biosecurity risk of individuals to dairy herds. More
Biosecurity Risk Assessment: Farm Visitors and Exhibitions
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Biosecurity Risk Assessment: Farm Visitors and Exhibitions

Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD, Bhushan M. Jayarao, MVSc, PhD, MPH, Robert J. Van Saun, DVM, MS, PhD

Biosecurity is a series of effective measures implemented to prevent or reduce the introduction and spread of infectious disease pathogens. More
Biosecurity Fundamentals
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Biosecurity Fundamentals

Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD, Robert J. Van Saun, DVM, MS, PhD, Bhushan M. Jayarao, MVSc, PhD, MPH

The basics of disease biosecurity, why a biosecurity plan should be implemented, and how to get a plan in motion. More
West Nile Encephalitis and Poultry
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West Nile Encephalitis and Poultry

Patricia A Dunn, DVM, MAM, DACPV, Robert G. Elkin

West Nile encephalitis became a public health concern in the United States in 1999. More
Table of Disinfectants used on the Farm
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Table of Disinfectants used on the Farm

Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD

Information about disinfectants commonly used on the farm for disease control. More
Creating a Poultry Flock Plan
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Creating a Poultry Flock Plan

Paul Patterson

7:09

An emergency preparedness guide for poultry owners. In this video, animal health experts outline the important steps in the creation of a flock plan. More
Avian Influenza - Frequently Asked Questions for Pennsylvanians
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Avian Influenza - Frequently Asked Questions for Pennsylvanians

Patricia A Dunn, DVM, MAM, DACPV, Eva Wallner-Pendleton, DVM, MS, ACPV

Information for Pennsylvanians about the biology of Avian Influenza ("Bird Flu") and recent outbreaks. Updated August 6, 2015. More
Aspergillosis
Respiratory Diseases of Small Poultry Flocks - Articles Articles
Poultry may become infected with several types of respiratory illnesses caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites. More
Leg and Foot Disorders in Domestic Fowl
Leg and Foot Disorders in Domestic Fowl - Articles Articles
Most leg and foot disorders in fowl can be prevented through proper nutrition and management. However, some problems can be genetic. More
Creating a Farm Plan for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza
Creating a Farm Plan for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza - Articles Articles
Critical steps for farms to be prepared for an HPAI outbreak in Pennsylvania including a video on how to create a flock plan. More
Poultry Diseases: Where to Get Help
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Where do I get help when I suspect a health problem in my poultry flock? More
Biosecurity: Protecting Your Birds from Disease
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Biosecurity: Protecting Your Birds from Disease

Phillip Clauer, Gregory P Martin, Ph.D., PAS, Patricia A Dunn, DVM, MAM, DACPV, R. Michael Hulet

Biosecurity means protecting your birds by preventing disease from entering your farm, and protecting others by preventing disease from leaving your farm. More
Proper Animal Mortality Disposal
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Proper Animal Mortality Disposal

J. Craig Williams

4:16

This video provides an overview of the approved methods of animal disposal in Pennsylvania, along with best management practices for each method. More
Livestock and Poultry Mortality Disposal in Pennsylvania
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Properly managing and disposing of dead farm animals is important. Every livestock and poultry operation should have a proper dead stock disposal strategy. More
Biosecurity - A Practical Approach
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Biosecurity - A Practical Approach

Ernest Hovingh, DVM, PhD

Biosecurity is a set of practices employed to prevent the importation of infectious organisms into a herd or flock, and their transmission between animals. More
Introduction to Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza
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Introduction to Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

Gregory P Martin, Ph.D., PAS, Eva Wallner-Pendleton, DVM, MS, ACPV, Phillip Clauer

1:03

Introduction to risks of Avian Influenza a precautions you can take to protect your flock. More
What is Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza?
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Video explaining causes and concerns of Avian Influenza More
What Should I Do if Health Issues Arise?
What Should I Do if Health Issues Arise? - Videos Videos
Where to get help if you are concerned you may have Avian Influenza. More
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