March 2023 Update:
Risk levels for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza have increased and new cases are expected as migratory birds make their way back home to Alberta or fly through.
Information on Avian Influenza for Small Flock Poultry Keepers – March 20, 2023.
HPAI is not a food safety concern. There is no evidence to suggest that eating cooked poultry or eggs could transmit HPAI to humans.
HPAI is a reportable disease and those who suspect or confirm a case in their flock must immediately report it to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).
Small Flock poultry keepers are encouraged to ensure their Premise Identification Information is up to date with CFIA so that they receive timely updates and information directly.
Producers can log in here to access their information: Premises Identification
Avian influenza has been detected in flocks of birds in Alberta including here Sturgeon County. Below you’ll find resources on detecting, reporting, and controlling Avian Influenza.
Avian influenza, also known as “avian flu” or “bird flu” is a contagious viral disease affecting respiratory, digestive, and nervous systems of bird populations.
More information about avian flu can be found on the Government of Alberta –Influenza web page.
Symptoms in Birds:
These clinical signs can vary in appearance and differ in degree of severity between birds. It is better to be cautious and report any birds in your flock that may show signs of the Avian Influenza, early detection can help minimize the spread of the virus. Some common symptoms include:
- loss of appetite and/ or depression
- sudden drop in egg production, with many of the eggs soft-shelled
- purplish-blue colouring of wattles and combs, with blisters on the combs
- coughing, sneezing
- lack of co-ordination such as inability to stand or walk
- a few deaths over several days in the flock
- Prevent contact between wild and domestic birds
- Treat dugout or ponds to kill the virus and lower the risk of infection from domestic and wild bird interaction
- Limit access to poultry, separate dedicated footwear and outerwear for poultry areas
- Clean and disinfect equipment before use
How to Report:
All suspected cases must be reported to the Office of the Chief Provincial Veterinarian within 24hrs.
If you suspect or confirm a case in your flock, or domestic poultry you must report it both federally and provincially:
- Federal: the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
- Provincial: Office of the Chief Provincial Veterinarian.
If you have concerns about sick or dead wild birds, please call 310-0000 or your local Fish and Wildlife Office.