Small Flock Poultry

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This page contains useful resources and information on best husbandry practices, regulations and disease prevention tips for backyard and urban chicken owners.


  • Since May 2018 the United States Department of Agriculture has confirmed several cases of virulent Newcastle Disease (Exotic Newcastle Disease) in backyard exhibition chickens in California. more
  • As of June 2018, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF) will be changing the way it responds to cases of infectious laryngotracheitis (ILT) detected in small flocks. more
  • Egg Farmers of Alberta is offering an opportunity for non-quota table egg-producing chicken owners to participate in their layer on-farm food safety program Start Clean – Stay Clean (SC-SC). The program helps ensure that table egg farmers implement good management practices during the production, storage and distribution of shell eggs to eliminate or mitigate risks to food safety. Did you know? Registered grading stations in Alberta only accept table eggs from chicken flocks enrolled in the SC-SC program. For more information, call Egg Farmers of Alberta at 1-877-302-2344.
  • Antibiotics must be used wisely so they continue to be effective for people and animals. As of December 2018, all medically important antimicrobials will require a prescription from a veterinarian. more

Planning on having a chicken flock?

Whether you are a new or experienced poultry owner, these resources contain valuable information on regulations, coop setting, safe handling and more.

Already have a chicken flock?

You want to provide the best care for your chickens. These resources include tools and tips for best husbandry practices.

Concerned about your flock’s health?

Some poultry diseases can have a devastating impact. These resources include information on diseases, their prevention and veterinary care.

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This information published to the web on September 10, 2015.
Last Reviewed/Revised on August 1, 2018.