Avian Flu Information

Keep your backyard flock safe from Bird Flu
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Avian Influenza (AI) or Bird Flu is a virus that infects domestic poultry such as chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys and quail.  It also can infect wild poultry such as waterfowl and shorebirds.

There are growing concerns over bird flu infecting backyard flocks in addition to the large commercial facilities.  Learn about the signs and symptoms to look out for in your own backyard birds by visiting the following website and opening these links:

how to protect your birds pamphlet

Department of Agricultural Resources website

Frequently Asked Questions about Avian Flu

If you suspect you may have an infected bird, it is important to contact the Department of Agricultural Resources.  They can be contacted at 617-626-1795. This message from the DAR describes the importance of early detection and what to expect if you contact them.

Avian Flu Awareness Message from DAR


The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife has been routinely testing for the virus in Massachusetts and so far, no birds have tested positive.  The MDFW is the contact for reporting any sick, dying, or recently dead waterfowl (ducks and geese), shorebirds (sandpipers, plovers) or other waterbirds (herons) found at any location. They can be contacted at 508-389-6300 or the USDA at 413-253-2403.