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Defend the Flock Educational Program

[Defend the Flock]

This training program offers biosecurity tools and resources targeted to everyone who works in the poultry industry. The biosecurity practices aim to keep birds healthy and reduce the risk of avian influenza, among other diseases. Resources include information on proper hygiene protocols and how to report sick birds.


The Defend the Flock Educational Program aims to help poultry producers evaluate their flocks’ biosecurity strengths and weaknesses through guided checklists of biosecurity practices. There are 15 checklists that cover topics such as disinfection of enclosures, visitor guidelines, isolation of new flocks, and biosecurity training. In addition to the checklists, the program provides resource guides, videos and a #FlockDefender youth engagement program. The Defend the Flock program also has a social media presence that works to bring awareness of flock biosecurity to a wider audience. 

The program was started in 2013 by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) at the United States Department of Agriculture. APHIS also publishes guidelines for pork (see Biosecurity Guide for Pork Producersentry in this library), cattle, horses and other domesticated and wild animals.  The checklists are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Tagalog.