Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) is Circulating in BC
The Ministry of Agriculture and Food strongly recommends and requests that all small lot and backyard flock poultry and domestic waterfowl producers avoid commingling.
If a flock is suffering from any unexplained clinical signs or increased mortality, bird owners should contact a professional for help and sampling.
Do not take sick birds off the property. Contain any deceased birds in a secure container to prevent further spread to humans, pets or wildlife.
If a bird owner suspects their flock is infected:
To receive assistance or to report any unexplained poultry illness or mortality, contact:
• your private veterinarian, OR
• call the nearest Canada Food Inspection Agency Office
(Prince George: 250-561-6924, Dawson Creek: 250-719-6855)
• the BC Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Animal Health Centre at 1-800-661-9903
Bird owners are legally responsible to notify authorities of serious bird diseases such as bird flu.
If you spot a sick or dead wild bird, call the Wild Bird Mortality Investigation Program hotline at 1-866-431-2473
Click here to find up-to-date avian influenza information and resources on the Province of BC's website.
Click here to see the 'Prevention of AI through Bird Movement Control' information sheet from the Province of BC.
The RDBN has a Biosecurity for Small Flocks Fact Sheet here
Find the Small Flock Health Manual here
Click here to read about 'Enhanced Biosecurity for Small-Scale Poultry Producers - Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza' from the Small-Scale Meat Producers Association
Click here to read the 'Wild Bird Avian Influenza' info sheet from the Province of BC
Read information from the Federal Government about avian influenza here.