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Defend the Flock - Biosecurity Basics

Defend the Flock - Biosecurity Basics

There are several basic practices that can be easily incorporated into daily routines as part of a best management program on your farm or operation.  Your company may already have biosecurity policies and practices in place.  If so, please follow their guidance.  The following tips can be used as supplemental basic biosecurity information:

Basic Tips

Keep visitors to a minimum.
Allow only people who care for your poultry – veterinarians, contract workers, etc. – to come into contact with the flock, and keep a record of who is on your farm at all times.  Ensure anyone who does have contact with your flock follows biosecurity principles.

Wash your hands before and after coming in contact with live poultry.
In addition to potentially spreading disease from farm to farm or bird to bird, you can also spread germs such as Salmonella that can impact human health. It’s necessary to make sure hands are clean.  Wash your hands with soap and water (always your first choice).  If water is not available, remove as much organic material as possible before using hand sanitizer.

• Provide disposable boots (preferred) and/or disinfectant footbaths for anyone having contact with your flock.
If using a footbath, be sure to remove all droppings, mud or debris from boots using a long-handled scrub brush BEFORE stepping into the disinfectant footbath.

• Change clothes before entering the poultry areas and before exiting the farm.
Visitors should wear proper protective outer garments or disposable coveralls, boots and headgear when handling birds, and shower and/or change clothes upon leaving the facility. 

Clean and disinfect any tools or equipment before moving them to a new poultry facility.
Before allowing service vehicles, trucks, tractors or tools and equipment, including egg flats and cases that have come in contact with birds or their droppings to exit the farm, make sure they are cleaned and disinfected to prevent contaminated equipment from transporting disease.  Items that cannot be cleaned and disinfected – including cardboard egg flats – must not be moved.

Online Assessment

APHIS, state, academic and industry experts have worked together to create a biosecurity checklist that companies and growers can use when implementing effective biosecurity plans.

Complete the online assessment

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