1. Always obtain hatching eggs and replacement stock for your flock from a reputable #hatchery or dealer.
2. If possible, house #chickens by age group, separating younger birds from older members of the flock. Young poultry need time to develop immunity.
3. Limit farm visitors’ access to your flock to prevent the spread of infectious agents. If a visitor would like to see your chickens, ask them to wear freshly laundered clothes and clean footwear and request that they avoid contact with any other birds the day of their visit.
4. Quarantine new flock members for at least three weeks. During this time, ask your #veterinarian to visit your farm.
5. Provide clean living quarters for your #flock. Remove manure frequently (both viruses and parasites are shed via feces), and immediately discard any feed or bedding that becomes wet. Coarse bedding is preferable to fine as it produces less dust.
6. Ensure good #ventilation in buildings where you keep your flock.
7. After returning from agricultural shows quarantine chickens and other poultry for two to three weeks and monitor them closely for any signs of illness or disorders. The combination of a large group of birds and close quarters makes agricultural shows common sites for the transfer of communicable organisms, resulting in respiratory outbreaks.
In addition to practicing good bio-security, consider putting a vaccination program in effect with your flock. This is particularly valuable in preventing outbreaks of viral infection, for which there is no treatment.
Post time: May-20-2017