Bird Flu

Avian influenza, known as “bird flu,” is a viral infection that spreads easily and quickly among birds. Parts of North America, Europe, Asia and Africa are currently seeing bird flu outbreaks.

Your backyard chickens and pet birds could be at risk of catching bird flu when wild birds migrate to and through Canada in the spring and fall months, as wild birds naturally carry influenza viruses.

Now is the time to review your preventative measures to keep your animals healthy, especially if you have a chicken coop or keep pet birds outside. Simple, inexpensive practices can be very effective at keeping these serious diseases away from your birds.

How to avoid bird flu and protect your flock from disease

You can help protect your birds by following these 5 basic rules:

  • prevent contact with wild birds and other animals
  • frequently clean poultry coops, waterers, feeders, your clothing and your boots
  • spot the signs and report early
  • limit exposure to visitors
  • keep new birds separate when entering your flock

If you think your birds are infected

Bird owners are legally responsible to notify authorities of serious bird diseases such as bird flu. Call a veterinarian or your nearest Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) Animal Health office if you suspect your birds have bird flu.