Biosecurity in Backyard Poultry

sanitation
Clean up excess feed that birds dont eat

Clean up excess feed that birds dont eat

sanitation
Feed should be stored in tight-sealed containers

Feed should be stored in tight-sealed containers

sanitation
Pick up and dispose of dead birds promptly

Pick up and dispose of dead birds promptly

sanitation
Wash hands before and after taking care of birds

Wash hands before and after taking care of birds

sanitation
Don't overcrowd birds; provide sufficient space

Don't overcrowd birds; provide sufficient space

sanitation
Regularly test water to ensure it meets quality requirements

Regularly test water to ensure it meets quality requirements

sanitation
Remove debris/clutter/trash from area

Remove debris/clutter/trash from area

sanitation
Feeders and waterers should be disinfected regularly

Feeders and waterers should be disinfected regularly

sanitation
Do not borrow/share equipment from others with birds

Do not borrow/share equipment from others with birds

sanitation
Use a foot dip for entry/exit into coop

Use a foot dip for entry/exit into coop

sanitation
Regularly change bedding litter

Regularly change bedding litter

sanitation
Ensure good air quality (at bird head height)

Ensure good air quality (at bird head height)

sanitation
Clean and disinfect incubators before and after each use.

Clean and disinfect incubators before and after each use.

sanitation
Provide nest areas for laying hens to lay their eggs

Provide nest areas for laying hens to lay their eggs

sanitation
Routinely till the surface of the ground soil

Routinely till the surface of the ground soil

prevention
Keep a record of bird activity

Keep a record of bird activity

prevention
Keep a record of all visitors

Keep a record of all visitors

prevention
Vaccinate flock for infectious diseases

Vaccinate flock for infectious diseases

prevention
Provide pecking objects

Provide pecking objects

prevention
Grass should be mowed regularly

Grass should be mowed regularly

prevention
Improving and managing drainage

Improving and managing drainage

prevention
A rodent control strategy should be in place.

A rodent control strategy should be in place.

prevention
Birds should be checked periodically for external and internal parasites.

Birds should be checked periodically for external and internal parasites.

prevention
Check birds daily for signs of health problems

Check birds daily for signs of health problems

prevention
Birds should be protected from wild animals.

Birds should be protected from wild animals.

prevention
Birds should be handled gently to avoid injury

Birds should be handled gently to avoid injury

prevention
All windows and openings should be covered with wire mesh

All windows and openings should be covered with wire mesh

prevention
Provide your flock a well-balanced diet

Provide your flock a well-balanced diet

prevention
Remove poisonous plants from property

Remove poisonous plants from property

prevention
Provide shelter and shade for flock

Provide shelter and shade for flock

prevention
At least 6in (15cm) of roost (perch) space per hen

At least 6in (15cm) of roost (perch) space per hen

prevention
Limit use of nest box lighting

Limit use of nest box lighting

prevention
At least once a month assess feather loss

At least once a month assess feather loss

prevention
Provide ducks with clean bathing water

Provide ducks with clean bathing water

isolation
Different species of birds should not be kept together.

Different species of birds should not be kept together.

isolation
Separate sick birds from the flock

Separate sick birds from the flock

isolation
Don't mix different aged birds together.

Don't mix different aged birds together.

isolation
Restrict access to poultry

Restrict access to poultry

isolation
Install a perimeter fence around your property

Install a perimeter fence around your property

isolation
New birds should be quarantined for at least 10 days prior to introducing to the rest of the flock

New birds should be quarantined for at least 10 days prior to introducing to the rest of the flock

isolation
Don't put out feeders for wild birds

Don't put out feeders for wild birds