It has happened. The event that poultry vets, suppliers, farmers and supporting industries have been preparing for and dreading for years….Avian Influenza has been isolated in Ontario. As you can imagine, this is a very busy time for those of us in the industry, putting in control measures, routing deliveries, sampling to identify any other flocks, and implementing our emergency procedures. We are working closely (and surprisingly well) with govornments at the provincial and national levels to minimize the impact and the number of birds affected. This virus is also a risk for backyard and hobby farmers as well. Ironically, we had produced an information sheet on Avian Influenza for small flocks because of the prevalence in the US, and concerns it might come here…..well….here it is…OAHN poultry small flock PRODUCER REPORT avian flu FINAL
This is an information sheet with some useful stuff for small flocks. It will be valuable for anyone in any area where avian influenza is present. Our group will also be developing a webinar for small flocks in the next little while, to help you develop a strategy to keep your birds safe. Feel free to share this with anyone who might find it useful. I will try to keep you updated as I can on things that may be useful to you.
Mike the Chicken Vet