|What is avian influenza?||Consumers & Food Safety||Biosecurity||FAQs||Small & Backyard Flocks||Wild birds and hunting||Bird shows/sales|
Information for Small-Flock / Backyard Chicken Owners
- CDC Fact Sheet: Healthy Families and Flocks (PDF)
- NCDA&CS biosecurity poster for feed stores & bird shows (PDF)
- USDA-APHIS Biosecurity guide for poultry and bird owners (PDF)
- USDA-APHIS 6 ways to prevent poultry diseases (PDF English & Spanish)
- Frequently Asked Questions about the 2015 outbreak
- Notification and biosecurity recommendations regarding the continuing outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza for Organic growers (PDF) Updated 2-16-17
Voluntary backyard flock registration
The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is allowing small flock owners to register their backyard flocks. This will facilitate the department in alerting poultry owners about an outbreak, especially owners in close proximity to a positive farm. This is a shorter, less indepth registration than the NCFarmID registration for commercial growers.
Information gathered through registration is used solely for animal health purposes and is confidential pursuant to N.C. General Statute §106-24.1. This critical data will provide animal health officials with necessary contact information in case of an animal health concern, and help identify animals and premises that may have been affected.
Is this a license to keep birds?
No. This is simply a registration so that we can communicate with you, and in case of an outbreak, we want to be able to see on a map how many birds are at risk in the general vicinity to help us make informed decisions.
Will you come and inspect my property?
No. We will not do an inspection first before completing your registration.
Will I need an NCFarmID number to buy feed for my birds?
No. Nothing will change in regards to your ability to care for your flock.
How much does it cost?
Registration is free.
Is it true that in case of an outbreak all known birds within a quarantine zone will be killed?
No. While there will be quarantine/control zones around a positive premise, USDA's prescribed response to an HPAI outbreak does not call for depopulation beyond the positive farm. Nearby flocks will be under surveillance. There are prescribed testing regimens for surveillance and movement of products and birds within the control zone, meaning that commerce can continue for other farms within the zone as long as those flocks continue to test negative for the virus.