Information on Rancho Compasión’s Chickens and Newcastle Disease

UPDATE, July 16, 2019: We are happy to announce that, because the last Northern California case of Newcastle Disease was reported in excess of 120 days, we are now able to resume visits with our chickens and turkeys.


Since June of 2018, cases of Newcastle Disease, a contagious viral disease affecting the respiratory, nervous and digestive systems of birds and poultry, has been spreading through backyard exhibition chickens in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties in Southern California. In March of this year, a backyard rooster in Redwood City tested positive for the disease and was euthanized.

Please view the information contained in the image to the right for more information about Newcastle Disease, its symptoms, how you can protect your animals from the disease, and how you can help to prevent the disease from spreading further.

As of April 2019, Rancho Compasión’s chickens and turkeys have not been impacted by Newcastle Disease.

In order to minimize the risk of Newcastle Disease infecting our poultry population, we have temporarily declared our chickens and turkeys off-limits to visitors of Rancho Compasión.

Please visit the Animal Place website for additional information about Newcastle Disease.