November 21, 2023 Notice: A wild bird tested positive for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in Gunnison County, as well as a backyard flock in Montrose County. It is important to continue your heightened biosecurity and protect your domestic birds from wild birds. Below are important links to help you take proper precautions this fall. If you have any questions about biosecurity for your backyard flock, please reach out to the Colorado State Extension Office at 970-641-1260.
HPAI is a serious disease and requires rapid response because it is highly contagious and often fatal to chickens. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) works with its federal, state, local and industry partners to quickly mobilize a response to any HPAI findings. The goal is to quickly contain and eradicate the disease, protecting our poultry industry, and in turn, the American consumer.
ALWAYS REPORT SICK BIRDS: If you see these signs, take action right away! If you have sick or dead poultry or find dead wild birds, please do NOT handle the birds as they may have died from HPAI. Residents who have sick or dead birds should report them to the Colorado Department of Agriculture. Contact your agricultural extension office/agent, local veterinarian, local animal health diagnostic laboratory, or the State veterinarian, or call the USDA toll free at 1-866-536-7593
if you find three (3) or more dead wild birds in a specific area within a two-week period OR if you see live birds showing clinical signs of disease, please contact your local Colorado Parks and Wildlife Office.