PA. farmers advised to take precautions but not to overreact

PENNSYLVANIA - Carl Musser raises more than 300,000 chickens a year on his Stevens farm.

He stashes his “chicken clothes” in the basement. A disinfectant foot wash is at the entrance to his broiler houses.Farm visitors can’t miss a biosecurity warning sign.

Feed truck drivers spray their tires before coming in the lane. When Musser visits a neighboring farm, he parks at the end of the lane.

Musser said large poultry farmers have employed strict biosecurity measures like these for years and if avian influenza shows up, those practices would be intensified.

But what about owners of small poultry flocks?

While an overseas outbreak of a deadly form of avian influenza has heightened the American public’s fear, state and federal officials are recommending owners of smaller poultry flocks adopt some basic biosecurity measures.

calendar icon 2 May 2006
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