Friday, June 10, 2022

Avian flu wipes out two-million-bird farm

Avian influenza has wiped out a Colorado farm with 1.9 laying hens and 200,000 pullets.

It’s the largest single loss so far of the 366 commercial and backyard flocks with about 40 million birds felled by highly-pathogenic avian influenza. Many of the losses are from orders to depopulate infected flocks.

The flu seems to be over in Eastern Canada, but there have been a few recent outbreaks in small flocks in British Columbia. 

The Canadian losses so far are more than two million birds, reports the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

It reports 94 outbreaks, 26 of them in Ontario involving 560,000 birds.