State Veterinarian Doug Meckes announced precautions that are being put in place to help North Carolina prepare for a possible introduction of highly pathogenic avian influenza. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is requiring all poultry owners, regardless of the number of birds, to register for a NC Farm ID number here http://www.ncagr.gov/ncfarmid/Poultry.htm . This will facilitate the department in alerting poultry owners about an outbreak, especially owners in close proximity to a positive farm. This applies even to folks with small flocks for home use.
Courtesy NC Extension