Antibiotics and Chicken

Antibiotic resistance and use is an emerging issue that has gained a lot of attention in recent years. Far from being the ‘issue of the week’ antibiotic use in agriculture has been a consumer concern for some years, and is a long-term priority issue for governments, industry, and farmers alike. That is why Chicken Farmers of Canada has a number of activities in this area and is supporting research on antibiotic alternatives and promoting responsible use. More information can be found on this page.

Useful links and information:
Industry Antimicrobial Use Strategy
Principles of Responsible Antimicrobial Use
Antibiotics and Chicken: A Farmer’s Guide to Best Brooding Practices 
Short video clips on understanding antibiotic resistance and use

Animal Care Program



The Chicken Farmers of Canada Animal Care Program was designed to provide assurance to consumers about the high level of care given to Canadian chickens.The program is based on the 2003 version of the Code of Practice, and will be updated to be based on the new Code, released in early 2016. More information on the Codes can be found on this page, and at



Useful links and information:
Animal Care Program manual and SOPs (2009)
How to properly perform cervical dislocation
Should this bird be loaded? A guide designed to assist poultry farmers, available from the Poultry Industry Council
Timely euthanasia of compromised chicks A guideline available from Poultry Industry Council
Code of Practice (2003) 
Code of Practice Scientific Committee Report

On-Farm Food Safety Assurance Program




The Chicken Farmers of Canada On-Farm Food Safety Assurance Program offers a set of standards for best practices in biosecurity and disease prevention on the farm.



Useful links and information:
On-Farm Food Safety Assurance Program manual and SOPs (2014)
Flock Information Reporting Form
Flock Information Reporting Form- instructions
CFIA National Avian On-farm Biosecurity Standard – Producer self-quarantine protocol
CFIA Poultry Service Industry Biosecurity Standard