The outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) that moved across the US in 2014-2015 is the largest animal health emergency our country has faced. Urban and backyard flock owners need to educate themselves about bio security to prevent its future spread and that of other diseases. Because of the virus 50.4 million birds housed in both backyard and commercial flocks are eliminated. States affected are highlighted in green. While only 1of the 21 confirmed cases in backyard flocks was here in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa also had confirmed cases. All confirmed cases in Washington, Oregon and Idaho were only in backyard flocks. The word biosecurity can be intimidating. Though simply, biosecurity is a set of measures taken to prevent or reduce disease introduction by people, animals, equipment and vehicles. Making biosecurity a part of your daily routine will help protect your birds from viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites. First, established for your lines of separation. Your lines of separation define clean areas from dirty areas. Roads, driveways, property lines, gates, fences and even gardens can be used to define this boundary. They can be any size you wish as long as they are in accordance with ordinances within your community. Once you have established boundaries, place the sign at all entry points. This sign is a good reminder for you to practice the biosecurity measures you have developed and to remind visitors that the health of your birds is important to you. Be sure to wear clean or chore specific clothing and footwear each time you care for your birds. Visitors should be expected to do the same. Use a foot bath during each entry and exit to your bird habitat. An easy and inexpensive solution consists of one cup of bleach or hydrogen peroxide per gallon of water. Use a rubber pan or plastic storage container large enough for at least one adult foot to fit in. A scrub brush is necessary to have on hand to clean debris and manure from the tread of your footwear. The feeder and drinker you use for your birds need to be protected and secure away from other birds and rodents. Offer fresh feed and water daily and clean them both daily. When your chores for the day are complete, make certain to wash your footwear upon crossing the line of separation as you exit the area. Clean and disinfect shovels, rakes or other tools you use around your birds and their feces, before and after their use. It is especially critical to not use the same tools in your vegetable garden after they have been in contact with your bird’s habitat. Each time you leave your birds it is imperative to wash your hands with soap and water. This is important for YOUR health and safety in addition to biosecurity for your birds to prevent the spread of diseases such as salmonella, E. coli or avian influenza. Creating and implementing a biosecurity plan for your poultry is easier than you may think. Having a plan will help you prevent or reduce disease introduction on your property. Making biosecurity a part of your daily routine will help protect your birds from viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites.