If you are a poultry owner, you know how important it is to keep your birds healthy. By practicing biosecurity, you can help reduce the chances of your birds being exposed to animal diseases such as avian influenza (AI) or exotic Newcastle disease (END).
“Biosecurity” may not be a common household word. But, for poultry and bird owners it can spell the difference between health and disease. Practicing biosecurity can help keep disease away from your farm, and keep your birds healthy.
Biosecurity: Make it Your Daily Routine
Consistent biosecurity practices are the best way to prevent diseases such as AI and END. The following steps can help you keep your birds healthy:
Keep your distance Isolate your birds from visitors and other birds.
Keep it clean Prevent germs from spreading by cleaning shoes, tools and equipment.
Don’t haul disease home Also clean vehicles and cages.
Don’t borrow disease from your neighbor Avoid sharing tools and equipment with neighbors.
Know the warning signs of infectious bird diseases Watch for early signs to prevent the spread of disease
Report sick birds Report unusual signs of disease or unexpected deaths.
Making biosecurity a part of your daily routine while caring for your birds can decrease the chance of END or AI showing up on your doorstep.