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Hello backyard poultry enthusiasts,

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has identified a case of virulent Newcastle disease in a small flock of backyard exhibition chickens in Los Angeles County. The case was detected at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine’s California Animal Health & Food Safety Laboratory (CAHFS) when a private practitioner submitted a sick bird for testing. This is the first case of virulent Newcastle disease, previously referred to as exotic Newcastle disease, in the U.S. since 2003. CDFA is working with federal and local partners as well as poultry owners to respond to the finding. State officials have quarantined potentially exposed birds and are testing for the disease.

Virulent Newcastle disease is a highly contagious and deadly virus in birds; the virus is found in respiratory discharges and feces. Clinical signs in birds include:

sneezing
coughing
nasal discharge
green watery diarrhea
depression
neck twisting (example attached)
circling
muscle tremors
paralysis
decreased egg production
swelling around eyes and neck
sudden death.
It is essential that all poultry owners follow good biosecurity practices to help protect their birds from infectious diseases such as Newcastle. These include simple steps like washing hands and scrubbing boots before and after entering a poultry area; cleaning and disinfecting tires and equipment before moving them off the property; and isolating any birds returning from shows for 30 days before placing them with the rest of the flock.

For backyard flock owners, biosecurity measures are to use dedicated shoes and clothes when caring for them and not to use/wear those clothes/shoes in other areas.

Additional information on biosecurity can be found at:
https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/animal-disease-information/avian-influenza-disease/birdbiosecurity

https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/ahfss/animal_health/BioSpecies/BioPoultry.html

https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/ahfss/animal_health/pdfs/AI/BiosecurityForBackyardAndPetBirds.pdf

https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/animal-disease-information/avian-influenza-disease/birdbiosecurity

http://ucanr.edu/sites/poultry/biosec/

In addition to practicing good biosecurity, all bird owners should report sick birds or unusual bird deaths through California’s Sick Bird Hotline at 866-922-BIRD (2473). Additional information on VND and biosecurity for backyard flocks can be found at https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/ahfss/Animal_Health/Newcastle_Disease_Info.html

Sick or dead backyard birds can be submitted to CAHFS laboratories for post-mortem examination ($20 plus shipping and handling). Information on this program can be found at:
https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/ahfss/Animal_Health/pdfs/CAHFS_NecropsyFactsheet.pdf

For additional information on who to contact for issues regarding backyard poultry, see:
http://ucanr.edu/sites/poultry/contact/

Virulent Newcastle disease is not a food safety concern. No human cases of Newcastle disease have ever occurred from eating poultry products. Properly cooked poultry products are safe to eat. In very rare instances people working directly with sick birds can become infected. Symptoms are usually very mild, and limited to conjunctivitis and/or influenza-like symptoms. Infection is easily prevented by using standard personal protective equipment.

Please feel free to share widely.

This message was sent to you because you participated in the California Backyard Poultry Census. To undubscribe, please email Myrna Cadena at mmcadena@ucdavis.edu.

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Have to 2 AKC registered Great Pyrenees male puppies still available. They will be ready for their new homes around the middle of June. They are the first puppies sire by our Male imported from Hungary.
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Dear Amber Waves Bearded Silkies and African Pygmy Goats,

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You have received a new review from Cynthia H.- FIVE STARS

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"I have purchased 6 juvenile silkies from Debbie and all were healthy, clean and well-cared for....and of course adorable. She deserves more than 5 stars. Harder than you think to find reputable chicken breeders that have disease/problem free birds, Amber Waves runs a great business. I drive up from San Diego and would again......Highly recommend."

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You have received a new review from Georgia Male.
 
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"My family and I recently purchased a female Great Pyrenees puppy from Debbie and it was such a lovely experience. Debbie and her husband were so welcoming and made picking out our new pup such a pleasant experience from start to finish. The puppy is so gorgeous - she has the most beautiful badger markings on her face and back. We will definitely be back for more pups in the future! Highly recommend!"
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