Welcome to the Chicken Farmers of Ontario Family Food Program

The Family Food Program is an important aspect of Chicken Farmer’s of Ontario’s (CFO) emergency management plan as it allows for rapid location and identification of small flocks (up to 300 birds) to help manage and contain disease incidents. 

Since 2010, CFO requires all Family Food Growers (non-commercial and formerly small flock growers) to register their flocks and follow biosecurity protocols to promote bird health and disease management, while enhancing education and communication opportunities.  In 2016, over 16,000 registered Family Food Growers purchased chicks in Ontario, a 7% increase over the previous year. The numbers of registered flocks have increased by 20% over the past 5 years. The average family food flock size was approximately 65 birds.

CFO continues to focus on its digital communication strategy by moving its industry communication and reporting onto digital platforms including the province’s Family Food Program stakeholders (hatcheries/broker-dealers, growers and processors).  It is important to include your email with your program registration to allow us to communicate with you effectively and efficiently in the event of a disease outbreak.