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It’s important for you to know that in June of 2019, some of our chickens fell ill with ILT, a contagious poultry virus. This virus does NOT pose any risk to humans or pets; only four species of poultry (chickens, turkeys, pheasants and guineas). Almost all our hens fully recovered from the infection, but some may still carry it, so all of our poultry was placed under lifelong quarantine by the Chief Veterinary Office of Manitoba. The other option was to have every single bird euthanized, healthy or sick, which is not a decision we could have lived with. We promise every animal that comes here that we will care for them to the best of our ability, for the rest of their natural life, unless their health/quality of life is suffering too greatly.

The Manitoba’s Chief Veterinary Office’s official recommendation is that any individuals (or their immediate family) who work with, own or care for poultry should not visit our farm. However, it is up to the individual to decide that for themselves. For more information regarding this quarantine, please contact the CVO at [email protected] or (204) 945-7684. Please also feel free to contact us directly at (204) 381-7766, or email [email protected], if you have any questions about our biosecurity protocols, safety measures, or the health of our animals. 


We want to do our part to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), just as we have always worked diligently to reduce the transmission of any diseases on the sanctuary. We are open for visits during our regular hours WHEN PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS PERMIT, but we do ask that if you have been out of Manitoba in the last two weeks, or if you have any virus symptoms (headache, coughing, sneezing, fever) that you please skip your visit and self-isolate at home. Visitors are required to physically distance themselves from anyone not in their own household, along with practicing frequent handwashing and using proper hygiene for coughs/sneezes. Face masks are currently mandatory indoors at all times. Please sanitize your hands before coming into the barn, and spray disinfectant on the bottoms of your shoes. This applies to children of all ages as well. Stroller wheels/wagon wheels also need to be sprayed with disinfectant. When you pass by our biosecurity station on your way out, please repeat these steps. We always recommend that if you are petting animals, you avoid touching your face or eating/drinking until after you have washed your hands. Please make sure your children are following those guidelines as well, since they will reduce the chance of coronavirus spreading between people. We have two indoor washrooms with soap and hot running water. Our common areas will be disinfected even more often than usual in an effort to keep all of our volunteers and visitors as healthy as possible. Thank you for doing your part to control this pandemic. We’re all in this together!