HPAI Threat Continues – Protect Your Flock

DATCP continues its work with local, state, and federal partners and contractors to safely depopulate and compost poultry from a Jefferson County premises confirmed to have highly pathogenic avian influenza or HPAI.

To facilitate answering questions from the public, DATCP has established an Avian Influenza Response Line available by calling (608) 224-4902. Callers can leave a message with their questions or concerns; messages are checked daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

If you intend to buy or raise chickens this spring, consider the following tips:

New birds

  • USDA and DATCP highly discourage the movement of naïve poultry (new birds) into an active HPAI Control Area, such as the area surrounding the infected farm.
  • Any new birds brought into the control zone require a permit from DATCP.
  • Birds brought into the control zone are not subject to indemnification in the event the poultry become positive with HPAI.

Existing flocks

  • Implement enhanced biosecurity practices on your premises. This includes sanitation and restricting movement of people, animals, and equipment.
  • Discourage co‐mingling of waterfowl and domestic birds and poultry; if possible, move all birds indoors.
  • Restrict access to surface water and the surrounding environment by poultry and prevent wild birds access to poultry feed, water, and other environments strictly for poultry.

Continue to watch the HPAI in Wisconsin webpage to find the latest resources and frequently asked questions. The FAQs will be updated regularly.

If you are interested in receiving updates on HPAI in Wisconsin, sign up for email updates.

Learn more about biosecurity and clinical signs of HPAI: https://datcp.wi.gov/Documents/AIBasics.pdf