Make Biosecurity Your Routine

Bio-security needs to be part of any poultry farm management Plan
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Make biosecurity part of your daily routine.

It is important to take thorough measures to prevent the spread of highly pathogenic Avian Influenza, or HPAI for short, and other poultry diseases.

By making biosecurity part of your daily routine, you can avoid bringing diseases into your flock and can prevent spreading it to others.

Bio refers to life, and security indicates protection.

Biosecurity means using common sense practices to protect your flock from most types of disease agents, viruses, bacteria, funguses, and parasites, and to prevent disease-causing germs from entering your premises.

There are six basic biosecurity rules for bird owners.

Keep your distance.

Keep it clean.

Don't bring disease home.

Don't borrow disease.

Know the warning signs.

And report sick birds.

Now let's discuss each in more depth.

Biosecurity rule number one: Keep your distance.

Don't let your birds have direct or indirect contact with wild birds or other poultry flocks.

Keeping them under cover is a good way to prevent them from commingling with other birds.

Avoid using surface water like ponds or streams to water your birds, as wild birds are likely to also use that water.

Make sure other birds don't have access to your flocks water or feed, and keep feed indoors or under cover, and cleaned up to discourage other birds and rodents from visiting it as a food source.

Also, to prevent bird flocks from commingling, the State Department of Agriculture has put a ban on live poultry at all fairs this year, and at the 2016 Pennsylvania Farm Show.

Rule number two: Keep it clean.

You can help prevent germs from spreading by cleaning your shoes, tools, and equipment thoroughly and regularly.

Change food and water daily.

Number three: Don't bring disease home.

Avoid areas of potential contamination, including other poultry farms, live bird shows or auctions.

Assume the areas where water fowl stop or live maybe be contaminated with Avian Flu.

Be aware that lakes, ponds, parks, and golf courses are often areas where wild fowl visit.

Hunting and fishing activities will also put you at risk for bringing home disease.

Before entering and after leaving a farm, wash and disinfect clothes, boots, equipment, vehicle and floor mats.

Wearing dirty shoes is your highest risk for bringing disease home to your flock.

Consider designating a pair of shoes you only wear to work with your flock, and keep plenty of disposable shoe coverings handy.

Prohibit access to your birds by any unnecessary visitors.

If someone, such as a vet, needs to visit your flock, they should not have been around other poultry for at least 24 hours prior to coming to your farm, and should have showered, changed clothes, and cleaned their vehicle.

Biosecurity rule number four: Don't borrow disease from your neighbor.

Avoid borrowing or sharing farm equipment, such as egg cartons, tools, or machinery from other poultry farms or neighbors that have their own poultry.

Number five: Know the warning signs.

Watch your flock daily for early signs of Avian Flu and other diseases.

The earlier you identify it, the better you'll prevent it from spreading further.

And finally, number six: Report sick birds.

Any time you see unusual signs of disease or unexpected deaths, contact the experts.

Even if you're unsure of the nature of the illness, it's best to report it.

To review, be sure to follow these six biosecurity rules to help prevent diseases from infecting your farm.

Keep your distance.

Keep it clean.

Don't bring disease home.

Don't borrow disease.

Know the warning signs.

And report sick birds.

To help ensure the biosecurity rules are followed on your farm, be sure to train employees on proper biosecurity.

Every poultry farm should have a written farm plan that addresses biosecurity.

Make sure all staff and employees are familiar with the plan and know where copies are located.

Click here for more resources on developing farm and biosecurity plans.

To conclude our video series, keep in mind that although there have not yet been any cases of highly pathogenic Avian Influenza reported in Pennsylvania, poultry owners need to be on the watch for signs of this contagious disease.

Keep the resources provided in this presentation handy, and report any suspicious illnesses to the experts.

You can help prevent the spread of HPAI, and other diseases and safeguard the health of your flock.

Always practice good biosecurity, even when your birds are healthy.

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