BiosecuBiosecurity compliance goes a long way toward safeguarding your hard-earned cash invested in poultry farming.
Every operation on the poultry farm must adhere to biosecurity guidelines. The main stages of biosecurity are discussed in this article and how to ensure them on the farm.
Farmworkers hygiene protocol
Unique farm clothing would be provided and worn to work on a poultry farm in an ideal world.
Apparel that has been washed must be dried and ironed—an efficient method for eradicating any airborne infection.
Vaccination crews should not be let in unless they have changed into farm-provided clothing.
Before and after use on the farm, should dip boots in disinfectant.
All visitors accessing the farm must change into farm-provided clothing.
Please keep track of whoever visits the farm by registering their information.
Unless otherwise stated, visitors are not permitted to touch the birds.
Have a plan in place to deal with disease outbreaks on the farm.
Ensure that dead birds are correctly disposed of, and the area is fumigated.
The water source for the birds must be clean and free of infection.
Isolate and treat sick birds as soon as possible.
Litter should be collected from areas with good sanitation.
Before usage, fumigant the litter and allow it to dry thoroughly.
When the litter is saturated and generating ammonia gas, it should be changed.
An excellent physical barrier is the distance between farms. A perimeter fence with a lock is required on every farm to prevent unauthorized entry by humans, automobiles, and animals present.
To alert outside visitors, use adequate signage.
Use Foot-Bath regularly
Make a foot bath with an effective bacteria-killing detergent and
Have workers step into it before entering the poultry pen and out again.
Dealing with dead birds
Burn and bury dead birds far away from the chicken house.
Consumption of birds killed by disease is not permitted because it may harm one’s health.
Consult a veterinarian for a postmortem analysis if there is a high death rate.
Understanding and implementing biosecurity practices on a poultry farm is not rocket science. Implementing these procedures necessitates a small amount of work.
Diseases that are airborne, soil-borne, or water-borne spread quickly across a variety of mediums, with people serving as the primary carriers.
Although any unforeseen bacterium contamination can put a major commercial chicken farm out of business, most large-scale commercial poultry farms have implemented these precautions.
Poultry birds, particularly layers, become less productive when infected; therefore, never expose them to contamination to keep the farm running smoothly.
- Regularly wash farm trucks
- Wash and dry farm apparel regularly
- Sanitise farm boots and equipment
- Provide clean and safe water for the birds
- Supply feed free from contamination
- Change soaked litter and keep pen free from moisture
- Discard dead birds with care
- Limit or avoid visitors in the poultry-yard
- Report abnormal casualties to the veterinary
- Isolate sick and poor-performing birds from the flock.
- Use recommended medication to avoid any complications
- Do not consume dead birds or sell sick birds to consumers
The global threat of diseases, biosecurity, or the practice of safeguarding ranch and farm animals from disease, has become a serious concern. Isolation, traffic control, and sanitation are all components of effective biosecurity that prevent exposure to bacteria, viruses, and other organisms that could infect animals with disease.
Poultry farmers are encouraged to keep a high level of awareness in their areas for unexpected incidences of poultry diseases. Farm owners must implement suitable biosecurity measures on their ranches and farms.
Pathogen spread can be prevented from farm to farm with the help of a firm biosecurity policy. The first line of defense against foreign and other poultry diseases is to inform veterinarians, poultry producers, and other animal owners of related farm diseases.