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2011 Healthy Birds Calendar Tips to Poultry Owners

Backyard poultry owners will find colorful chickens and turkeys, as well as ducks, parrots and some grand geese among a 12-month spread of domestic, wild and exotic birds in the 2011 Backyard Biosecurity calendar.  They’ll also find a year’s worth of solid information to help them raise healthy birds and keep them free from disease.

The calendars are widely distributed throughout the country by USDA, particularly through extension service.  “In Arkansas, we distribute the calendars at many poultry activities,” said Dr. Fred Dustan Clark, director of Agricultural Cooperative Extension Service in the Center of Excellence for Poultry Science at the University of Arkansas.  “We use them at our pullet chain (when chicks are delivered to 4H students) all over the state, when we do seminars for 4H, at Farm Days and we put them in feed stores,” Clark added.

Many of the birds gracing the pages of this year’s calendar were selected from winning photos submitted to USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) “Favorite Bird” photo contest. They were chosen from nearly 400 entries from 46 states, the District of Columbia and the United Kingdom.  Winning entries are shown throughout the calendar and on the back cover.

In addition to vivid photos and text in English and Spanish, the Biosecurity For Birds mascot, Healthy Harry, doles out advice throughout the calendar.  He demonstrates simple steps bird owners can take to help keep their birds disease free, telling poultry owners to look, report and protect their flocks, noting early detection is important to prevent the spread of disease.  He advises owners to keep themselves, their clothes and equipment clean and restrict access to their property and birds.  The calendar has information on spotting the signs of a sick bird and photos of birds with avian influenza or AI, a disease that can strike poultry quickly.

Raising backyard poultry is a growing trend across America as many individuals and families seek a more direct connection to their food. And as the number of backyard chickens increases, so does the need for owners to learn about keeping their flock healthy.

More information on protecting and caring for backyard poultry as well as an online order form to order the calendar and other information can be found on at

2011 Biosecurity for the Birds Calendar

2011 Biosecurity for the Birds Calendar

28 Responses to “2011 Healthy Birds Calendar Tips to Poultry Owners”

  1. Lena Sexton says:

    Your calendar was mentioned in Backyard Poultry Magazine.
    If they are still available, I would appreciate one, too.

  2. Harold Perdelwitz says:

    Your calendar was mentioned in Backyard Poultry Magazine.
    If they are still available, I would appreciate one, too.

  3. Joe Holland says:

    I too saw mention of this calendar in Backyard Poultry Magazine (Feb/Mar 2011), but I was unable to connect to the website that was given ( I found this Blog via a Google search. I’d appreciate information about how to order the calander. Thanks.

  4. Ted Dastick says:

    I am trying to obtain a free calendar

  5. Ted Dastick says:

    I would like one of your free calendars.
    Thanks, Ted Dastick

  6. Shirley Marsh says:

    Looking forward to receiving also a 2011, Calender

    Thank You

  7. Gary Taylor says:

    I would love to have one of these 2011 calendars. I raise chickens every year.I will be buying some Road Island Reds in the spring to go with my Whites.

  8. Rebecca [USDA Moderator] says:

    Hi everyone,

    Thanks for all your interest in the 2011 Biosecurity For Birds Calendar! Below we’ve provided a direct link to order the calendar as well as many other resources for poultry and pet bird owners.

    Thanks again and enjoy!

  9. Ray Polanco says:

    I have raised chickens for a year and and relish all the information I can get to keep a healthy flock. Please send a calender if they are still available

  10. Isa Abd-Raman says:

    I need to know the steps to obtaind the USDA for my backyard chickens.
    I have rum for over 100 chickens in my back yard in Opa Locka Fl, and I want to market there fori need help with the USAD FOR BACKYARD CHICKENS

  11. Jeanne sharp says:

    Requesting a 2012 calender please.
    Thank you

  12. louia hopson says:

    I would like a free calander if they are avaliable. I need the knowledge. THANK YOU!

  13. Steve Cundiff says:

    Would like one of your calendars if possible, Thanks

  14. Joanne Lemke says:

    I need 3. Our local feed store did not have them available this year. My family members love the calander.

  15. I seldom leave a response, however i did a few searching and wound up here USDA Blog » 2011 Healthy Birds Calendar Tips to Poultry Owners. And I do have 2 questions for you if you usually do not mind. Is it simply me or does it seem like a few of these remarks appear as if they are written by brain dead folks? :-P And, if you are writing at other sites, I would like to follow everything fresh you have to post. Would you make a list of every one of your shared sites like your linkedin profile, Facebook page or twitter feed?

  16. Daphine Dorminey says:

    would like 2 of your 2012 calendar

  17. DEE PURDUM says:

    Heard about the calendar from Backyard Poultry. Would like to have one if possible.

  18. J. Beaudoin says:

    would love the free 2013 chicken calendar. thanks

  19. Loretta Brymer says:

    I would like a poultry calender please if possible for 2013.
    loretta brymer 8208 strickland El Paso Tx 79907. thank you!

  20. clara groenhoff says:

    I would like a 2013 poultry calander for each of my grandchildren who show poultry in the 4-H program. I heard about this in Backyard Poultry. My daughter got one at the state fair 2 years ago and lots of wonderful info. thanks!

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  22. Johnie Crocker says:

    Same as the previous 6 responses, read about calendar in poultry magazine and was hoping for a 2013 calender. Please email me for my physical mailing address.

  23. Brett Dyer says:

    I am interested in a 2013 calender. How do I go about getting one? Is there any left?

  24. alma costilow says:

    Would like 2013 calendar how co i get one

  25. Nelda M. Butler says:

    Would like to receive a free 2013 calender. Thank you

  26. elaine cameron says:

    loved your 2011 calender but would like the one fot this year 2013 thanks

  27. joe rowe says:

    would like to receive your 2013 calendar.Thank You

  28. beverly evans says:

    I also would like a calendar
    5000 N. Fresco Dr.
    Austin Texas 78731

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