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Poultry Biosecurity for Spring

It’s hatching season!   Welcoming new chicks, ducklings, or poults into flocks is one of the most enjoyable parts of poultry keeping. Starting out with healthy poultry and then following good biosecurity practices is the best way to protect flocks from disease. USDA APHIS encourages all partner organizations to remind their stakeholders to do everything possible to keep their birds healthy and reduce the risk of spreading infectious diseases like HPAI.   USDA APHIS has also created new resources for youth and first-time poultry owners, such as a biosecurity workbook, a learning guide for youth educators, worksheets, and games! These new materials can be found at:   The Defend the Flock public education program provides checklists, videos, webinars, and educational resources to help poultry growers. Featured outreach materials and social media posts are provided here for you to use at your discretion. High-definition versions of the images below are available upon request.   All materials in the Defend the Flock Resource Center are free and available 24/7 at Checklists corresponding to each of the NPIP principles are available in Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Arabic, and Hmong. Most of the other materials are also available in Spanish.   We encourage you to share these resources with colleagues, stakeholders, and constituents. Should you have questions or need additional materials, please contact me.   Thank you for your support. Let’s keep our poultry healthy together!