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Protecting Your Flock From Influenza – Have You Got It Right?

Good biosecurity can help keep disease such as Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) out of Canadian poultry flocks. Do you know if your biosecurity plan is used correctly? Here are some things to consider:

1) Is your biosecurity plan the best it can be?

Review your plan once a year with staff or as needed (i.e. when new employees start, there is a higher risk of disease, change in protocols etc.).

Your review should:

2) Are you following your plan?

Monitor your practices. Are biosecurity measures done right? Are they being done consistently?

Consider the following to strengthen biosecurity:

3) Are you a leader in biosecurity?

Providing leadership and support to your staff is important. It is also important that you set an example by practicing biosecurity on your property and adjusting your practices as needed to keep your flock healthy. If you suspect your birds may be sick, contact your veterinarian.

If you find a dead wild bird on or around your property, you are encouraged to contact the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative (CWHC) at 1-866-544-4744 or visit the CWHC website. The CWHC, in partnership with the CFIA and other government organizations, tracks the presence and spread of avian influenza.

Your veterinarian, producer association and provincial board are a good source of biosecurity information. Additional information can be accessed at:

You can use the following biosecurity assessment tools and checklists when reviewing your program:

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