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Avian Biosecurity – Protect Poultry, Prevent Disease

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Anyone who has contact with birds though commercial farming, small flocks or hobby farms, and/or provides services to poultry producers (for example poultry transporters, feed providers, catching crews, etc.), is encouraged to practice enhanced biosecurity procedures.


The National Avian On-Farm Biosecurity Standard and Producer Guide support the development of farm-specific biosecurity protocols for sectors that do not participate in a provincial association or On-Farm Food Safety (OFFS) program.

Poultry Service Industry

The goal of the Poultry Service Industry Biosecurity Guide is to provide service sector personnel with a set of guidelines to use, both within their own company's biosecurity protocols and in collaboration with the producer, to limit the opportunity for introducing and spreading disease.

Pet bird/small flock owners

Pet bird/small flock owners are urged to take an active role in protecting their flocks by employing strict biosecurity measures on their property. Small flocks are at risk of contracting viruses like avian influenza, in particular if they have access to the outdoors and ponds or bodies of water known to be used by wild birds.

Sources of avian diseases

Disease in poultry and other avian species can be spread in a number of ways, including:

General biosecurity measures for producers and veterinarians

Industry Notices

Additional information

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