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March 11, 2019
Those Spring Chicks are Cute, but Think before Adding Them to Your Farm or Backyard
Contact: Elaine Lidholm, 804.786.7686
At feed and farm supply stores across Virginia right now, baby chicks are chirping away. According to Dr. Charles Broaddus, State Veterinarian with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, before making on-the-spot decisions about buying chicks, people need to learn what the birds require. “I love to see people connecting with agriculture in a way that is so personal,” says Broaddus, “but they need to keep in mind their responsibility to defend the flock.”
In four to five weeks, those little chicks will become full-grown chickens that require housing, feed, water and protection from predators. They also need good biosecurity to keep the birds and their owners healthy and disease-free. Biosecurity is a program designed to prevent the introduction and transmission of diseases into a flock or herd.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture offers six points about biosecurity that all bird owners should follow:
“Enjoy your birds,” Dr. Broaddus says, “but please keep them and your family safe and healthy by observing these six rules. And remember, it is always a good idea to wash your hands after handling your birds, especially for younger children.”
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