Kelowna small-flock poultry owners can learn more about avian influenza at upcoming workshop

The Province will be hosting a workshop next week to give small-flock poultry owners in Kelowna more information about the avian influenza virus.

It will be held at Reid Hall, in Benvoulin Heritage Park, from 8:30 am until 1 pm on Thursday, Sept. 29, and is free to anyone who registers. Seating is limited.

The session will be led by BC government veterinary specialists and attendees will learn about the following:

  • Improving flock or farm biosecurity to reinforce against disease outbreaks;
  • Recognizing the signs of avian influenza and how to report cases;
  • How foreign animal disease regulations affect small-flock poultry;
  • What to expect if a flock is positive for avian influenza; and
  • Resources available for non-commercial bird owners, including diagnostic services through the BC Animal Health Centre.

Attendees will also receive a free biosecurity kit containing tools and information to help maintain good biosecurity practices.

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<p dir=“The risk of avian influenza to commercial poultry farms and small flocks increases each spring and fall with the migration of waterfowl and other birds through BC,” the Province explained.

“The Kelowna public information session is one of a series of sessions planned for communities throughout BC this fall.”

Since mid-April, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has confirmed 21 cases of avian influenza in commercial and small poultry flocks through BC.

It’s an extension of an ongoing North American outbreak.

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