10 Tips to maintain good bio-security at your poultry farm

Tips on how to maintain good bio-security systems in poultry farm

Common infectious diseases of poultry such as Fowl pox, Newcastle, Coccidiosis and Marek's disease pose constant challenges to poultry farmers leading to incurring losses in death of birds or more cost on disease treatment.

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Effective farm #biosecurity is the cheapest way to improve overall poultry birds health, cut the costs of disease treatment, reduce losses and improve farm profitability.
Biosecurity practices are farm hygiene implemented on poultry farms to reduce the risk of disease agents moving on to farms from outside sources (eg wild bird, rodents).
How Poultry Birds Get Infected with Disease
*Infected Poultry birds
*Fecal material.
*Contaminated feed and water
It is important to keep your poultry birds in a clean healthy environment with minimal stress. The #following_tips of biosecurity measures will help you maintain health of your poultry birds.
1. keep a visitors log book outlining details of visitors' name and date and recent contact with poultry farms.
2. Restrict farm visitors access to your poultry farm unless when necessary.
3. Litter must be kept clean and dry at all times, wet or dirty litter can contribute to pathogen development which can result to diseases.
4. Provision of foot washing baths at the entrance of each poultry pen for disinfection of footwear prior to pen entry.
5. Vehicles are at high risk for spreading disease. To reduce this risk:
I) Only have 1 entry point for vehicles.
II) Vehicles that may have visited another farm may be required to be washed down before entry.
III) Don't allow delivery vehicles to come inside the production area.
6. All poultry birds should be vaccinated .
7. New birds are one of the common ways to introduce disease into your birds. To reduce disease coming in with new birds you can take the following measures.
Use all-in and all-out program. This allows time to clean and disinfect all housing and equipment before new birds come in.
8. Birds used to stock a poultry house should preferably be obtained from hatcheries that are free from infectious disease.
9. Feed should be well stored to prevent access by wild birds and rodents. Spilled feed should be cleaned up immediately to remove attractants for wild birds and rodents.
10. Grass on and around the poultry pen must be kept cut because long grass attracts rodents.

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