Avian Influenza: Look for Signs

Know the warning signs of bird diseases such as avian influenza (AI) or "bird flu." While it may be hard to tell if your bird has this disease, if you know the signs, you may be able to tell if something is wrong. Early detection can help prevent the spread of disease.

  • Sudden increase in bird deaths in your flock.
  • Sneezing, gasping for air, coughing, and/or runny nose.
  • Watery and green diarrhea.
  • Lack of energy and poor appetite.
  • Drop in egg production or soft- or thin-shelled, misshapen eggs.
  • Swelling around the eyes, neck, and head.
  • Purple discoloration of the wattles, combs, and legs.

Early detection is important to prevent the spread of disease. If you suspect your birds may have Avian Influenza, don’t wait -report it!