Experts Warn to Take Precautions to Avoid Disease in Backyard Poultry

4 years 5 months 1 week ago Tuesday, June 26 2018 Jun 26, 2018 June 26, 2018 2:26 PM June 26, 2018 in News

WESLACO – A new warning from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is calling for the public to protect backyard chickens.

The group notes there are newly reported cases of Newcastle virus, a highly contagious and fatal virus for poultry, in California near the border with Mexico.

Experts say to avoid having your chickens contract the virus, you should practice good biosecurity.

Craig Coufal with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension shared some tips.

"Keep wild birds away, because wild birds could carry all kinds of viruses and disease. Keep them away from other pets and animals that might carry disease. Don't acquire birds from unknown or unreputable sources," he says.

Coufal adds to remember to practice good hygiene when around backyard poultry. He says that means change clothes, shoes and showering before touching backyard chickens.

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