Disease Prevention2020-09-23T19:18:02-07:00

DISEASE PREVENTION

Preventing Disease = Good Biosecurity Measures

Biosecurity refers to any measures designed and regularly practiced to prevent the spread of disease onto your property and into your flock. In simpler words, biosecurity includes any action that helps protect the health of your flock, such as maintaining coops and pens or using a footbath when visiting your flock. Biosecurity typically follows three steps:

  1. Isolation: keeping your birds in a controlled environment and away from other animals
  2. Traffic control: limiting people and equipment that enter and exit your birds’ area
  3. Sanitation: disinfecting people, materials, and equipment that come into contact with your birds’ area
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