Since Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI or AI) surfaced in 2015, affecting millions of birds in the poultry industry, America’s egg farmers continue to be concerned about the threat of AI to their flocks. The strains of AI that have been found are not a public health concern and have not affected humans to date.
At DeWeerdt Poultry Farm, we are focused on taking necessary steps to protect and care for our flock. In response to the spread of the AI virus, U.S. egg farmers, together with turkey and chicken producers, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and other authorities, have heightened biosecurity measures on the farm to limit the potential spread of disease. Some of these biosecurity practices might include restricting farm access, preventing hens from exposure to wild and migratory birds, and using protective gear.