Avian Influenza

Annual Poultry Photo Contest

2023 Poultry Calendar
Digital Poultry Calendar

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture used the winning 2023 entries from the annual Poultry Photo Contest to make this calendar.

2024 Poultry Calendar      

Information for Producers

  • 2023 Detection of HPAI
  • Avian Influenza Brochure
  • NDA & UNL HPAI Webinar (5/4/2023)
    • What are the signs of avian influenza in birds?
      • Decrease in water consumption.
      • Decrease in egg production.
      • Soft-shelled or misshapen eggs.
      • Swelling of the head, eyelids, comb, and wattles.
      • Purple discoloration of the wattles, combs, and legs.
      • Respiratory signs: coughing, sneezing, respiratory distress.
      • Unstable coordination.
      • Sudden death.
    • Reporting Sick Birds
      • Report sick birds to NDA at 402-471-2351 and the USDA at 866-536-7593.
  • Testing for Avian Influenza:
    • How do I test for avian influenza?
      • Call 402-471-2351 to schedule a test. An AI Inspector will come to your premises and take swabs. In most cases, no more than 30 birds will be tested. The birds are not harmed as the vent is swabbed. Quick and painless, the average time spent on each one of the premises is one hour or less.
      • Swabs are then sent to the University of Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center for testing. A positive test will result in immediate contact with the producer. All test results are usually available within a week and mailed to the producer.
    • Benefits of testing for avian influenza
      • Protects poultry industry.
      • Protects public health.
      • No cost to producers.
      • Gain marketing edge with AI monitored status.
  • HPAI: A Typical First 72 Hours (Things Can Change) & Your Role in HPAI Response
  • FAQs About Avian Influenza for Poultry Industry
  • Biosecurity Pays Video
  • USDA Avian Influenza Information
  • USDA Defend the Flock Program

Information for Consumers

Information for Poultry Sales / Exhibitions / Game Birds

Information for Captive Wild Birds (Zoos, Wildlife Centers, etc.)

2022-2023 HPAI Confirmed Detections


Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) Press Releases
4/27/2023 NDA Reminds Poultry Producers to Remain Vigilant about HPAI