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Dead Birds

Florida Department of Health in Liberty County

The report of dead birds may help detect a public health threat to our community. To report an incident, please do the following:

Wild Birds
Report unusual sickness or die-offs in wild birds to the Florida Fish and Wild Life Conservation Commission at the following website: Surveillance for Wild Bird Die-offs. If you do not have internet access you can call the Florida Department of Health in Liberty County’s (DOH-Liberty) Environmental Health office at 850-643-2415 Ext 238 and we will enter the data for you.

Domestic Poultry
Report unusual sickness or die-offs in domestic poultry to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Animal Industry at the following website: Domestic Birds Die-offs. You may also submit by phone or e-mail.

            Phone: 850-643-6045
A report can also be filed with the USDA area office at  or by email to

Disposing of Birds

If you need to dispose of dead birds yourself, please read the following instructions:

•Do not handle bird with your bare hands – wear latex or rubber gloves.
•Do not eat, drink or smoke while handling carcass.
•Pick up bird with plastic bag by reaching through the bag with your hand and pulling the bird in, turning bag inside-out. 
•Place the bagged bird inside another plastic bag and discard in garbage receptacle.
•Alternatively, you may choose to pick up the bird with a shovel and bury in the ground: Dig a hole about two feet deep, place bird carcass in the hole using the shovel to scoop it in, and cover with soil. Remember to disinfect shovel with a bleach solution when you are done.

Don't Forget to Wash your Hands.