Biose­cu­rity ba­sics

Country Smallholding - - Feature Waterfowl -

Whilst on the sub­ject of care regimes it is also worth re­mind­ing our­selves of the ba­sics of biose­cu­rity. No mat­ter how small your flock of birds may be good biose­cu­rity prac­tices should be fol­lowed, not only to min­i­mize the risk of dis­ease trans­fer within your own poul­try, but also trans­fer to other peo­ple’s birds. Be­low are a few com­mon sense biose­cu­rity mea­sures to build into your daily rou­tine:

Keep poul­try feed un­der cover to de­ter the at­ten­tions of wild birds.

En­sure wa­ter is al­ways fresh, and clean drinkers out at least twice a week, if not more.

Re­place any wa­ter that be­comes soiled with drop­pings.

Quar­an­tine any stock that has been off site (such as to a poul­try show) for at least seven days.

Quar­an­tine new stock for at least two weeks be­fore bring­ing the birds into con­tact with ex­ist­ing stock.

Clean your clothes and boots af­ter vis­it­ing an­other poul­try es­tab­lish­ment, show, or sale.

If you have more than one pen of birds, con­sider us­ing a dis­in­fec­tant boot wash.

Don’t share trans­porta­tion crates or feed­ing equip­ment with other keep­ers.

Al­ways dis­in­fect trans­porta­tion crates be­fore and af­ter use.

Wash your hands be­fore and af­ter han­dling poul­try.

Keep ver­min such as rats and mice un­der con­trol.

Biose­cu­rity is all about dis­ease pre­ven­tion. By fol­low­ing th­ese sim­ple pre­cau­tions, you will go a long way to pro­tect­ing your flock from in­fec­tious dis­eases.

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