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Bird lovers invited to join cutest bird contest

Bird lovers with charming chickens, delightful ducks or fine feathered friends can show them off in an online photo contest sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

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The USDA’s Biosecurity for Birds Campaign invites backyard poultry owners and other bird enthusiasts to compete for bragging rights by entering the Cutest Birds Photo Contest.

Entrants should submit JPEG files at in two categories:

● Cutest chicken or bird.

● Cutest bird couple or family.

The four-month contest continues through March 2014. At the end of each month, the winning photo in each category will be posted on the Biosecurity for Birds website. The winners will be considered for inclusion on the 2015 Biosecurity for Birds Calendar.

The Biosecurity for Birds program began in 2004 and is designed to educate backyard poultry owners and exotic bird enthusiasts about highly contagious poultry diseases and other threats to birds.

For an entry form, contest rules or more information, visit