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Biosecurity for free-range poultry

PUBLISHED: 17:58 25 April 2014 | UPDATED: 21:08 29 April 2014

Common-sense measures which can be incorporated easily into your daily routine

  • Keep feed under cover to minimise wild bird attraction.
  • Keep water fresh and free of droppings. 
  • Keep waterfowl and chickens separate. 
  • Control vermin.
  • Isolate new stock for 2-3 weeks.
  • Isolate birds after taking to an exhibition for 7 days.
  • Change clothes and wash boots before and after visiting other breeders.
  • Change your clothes and wash boots thoroughly before and after attending a sale.
  • Keep fresh disinfectant at the entrance to poultry areas for dipping footwear.
  • Disinfect crates before and after use, especially if lent to others. However, it is preferable not to share equipment in the first instance. 
  • Disinfect vehicles which have been on poultry premises, but avoid taking vehicles onto other premises.
  • Wash hands thoroughly before and after handling poultry.
  • Comply with all import and export regulations and guidelines.


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