In the event that flock depopulation or partial depopulation is necessary due to a reportable animal disease or large-scale supply chain interruption, monitor your industry website for guidance (FBCC, board website, etc.) and work with your feed mill, processor/grading station and/or hatchery. Under those exceptional circumstances, additional industry resources in terms of people and large-scale euthanasia options may be available. 


  • Situation is disease issue or market disruption;
  • Practicality – age, number and size of birds, barn design and ventilation system, equipment needed;
  • Technical skills and equipment required and availability of trained personnel (third party provider);
  • Diagnosis and biosecurity; 
  • Public perception (method of depopulation, view from public property, etc.);
  • Operator and observer impact;
  • Worker health and safety;
  • Time constraints –disease spread and/ or market disruption; and
  • Cost