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State Veterinarian cancels poultry shows, live bird auctions and swap meets from Aug. 15 - Jan. 15, 2016

North Carolina joins 13 other states that have canceled or altered poultry shows and sales due to the threat of highly pathogenic avian influenza. No poultry shows or public sales of live birds can take place from Aug. 15 to Jan. 15, 2016, by order of the State Veterinarian. Read the full news release

Poultry shows at the N.C. State Fair, N.C. Mountain State Fair and county fairs that begin after Aug. 15 have been canceled. Other bird shows and displays will also be halted, including pet bird shows.

All public live bird sales, such as poultry auctions or swap meets are also banned during that time. This also pertains to sales of chicks at feed stores.

Will I be able to sell birds to my neighbor?
Yes, individual sales will still be allowed after Aug. 15. We remind bird owners to practice good biosecurity and to quarantine any new birds away from your existing flock for 2-3 weeks. We are only stopping sales where people and birds are comingled.

Will I be able to ship birds?
Most likely. Check with the State Veterinarian's office in the state you are shipping birds to ensure there are no restrictions. If you are having birds shipped to you, we require either certification of NPIP AI Clean status for a flock or a negative antigen test for avian influenza within 21 days of entry.

Can I still sell eggs at the farmers market?
Yes, we do not have any restrictions on selling eggs at this time.

Can I still process and sell chicken and turkeys?
Yes, as long as you are in compliance with all existing rules and regulations pertaining to processing meat and poultry.

Can we still have ducks or geese for sale at auction this fall?
No. All live bird sales will be halted this fall.

Protect your birds

Protecting your birds from disease has always been important. However, taking biosecurity to the next level is now more crucial than ever. As we work together to prevent HPAI and add strength to North Carolina ’s poultry industry, there are small steps you can take that will have a big impact.

  1. Eliminate opportunities for your birds to interact with wild birds. We know that wild waterfowl are carriers of disease, including HPAI. The best way to avoid diseases that wildlife carry is to keep domestic animals separated from wild birds.
  2. If you have birds at home, do not visit another farm, home or facility that also has birds. If you must visit other premises, be sure to shower and put on clean clothes and shoes beforehand.
  3. Remember that vehicles can be vehicles for disease transmission. Before you drive down a road, consider where you are going. Will you be heading to the fair, another farm or a live bird market? If the answer is yes, be sure your vehicle is clean and free of dirt, manure and other organic material.
  4. Early detection can help prevent the spread of disease. Knowing the signs to look for and monitoring the health of your birds on a regular basis is very important. Signs include nasal discharge, unusually quiet birds, decreased food and water consumption, drop in egg production, and increased/unusual death loss in your flock.
  5. Report sick and dead birds to state health officials immediately. If your birds appear sick or you have experienced increased mortality, contact the Office of the State Veterinarian immediately at 919-733-7601. All persons practicing veterinary medicine in North Carolina are required by law to report to the state veterinarian's office by telephone within two hours after AI is reasonably suspected to exist.

In case of a positive flock, each location will need a premises ID number. This can be obtained through the N.C. FarmID program. You will automatically be assigned a number if you are in a quarantine control zone. Taking care of this ahead of time will speed things up and be less stressful. Click the logo for more info.

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