1. Purchase chicks hatched in federally registered hatcheries like the chicks at Beau Peep Farms.2. Have a clean and disinfected facility. 3. Have a dip bath or biomat at all entrances to your bird area. 4. Be clean and showered with clean clothes, especially if you have been off your premises. 5. Do not house baby chicks in the same building as adult birds. Always attend to the youngest birds moving up to the oldest, changing coveralls and dipping footwear between. Keep a pair of boots for poultry barn use only. 6. Know who your visitors are and where they come from. If they have birds of their own, they should not enter your premises, without having showered and changed. 7. Offer your visitors some disposable coveralls and boots if they must enter your bird area. 8. If you have a bird that appears sick or dies under unknown circumstances, submit it personally to a government lab for testing. (There is a nominal charge for this.)9. Keep your facility clean and have some form of rodent control around coops and feed storage areas inaccessible to your poultry and other animals. 10. Be sure that all equipment, whether new or used, is sanitized prior to use. 11. Do not purchase adult birds indiscriminately. Responsible growers will practice good bio-security themselves. Check that the birds have had vaccinations and that the growers practice a "closed flock" approach. Birds of unknown origin pose a higher risk of introducing disease to your flock. A bird can look perfectly healthy and be a carrier of harmful pathogens including viruses that can infect your birds.12. Always quarantine new additions for at least three weeks prior to introducing them to your flock. We recommend that you quarantine new arrivals for a minimum of 28 days before introducing the to your existing flock.13. If you are ill with cold or flu-like symptoms do not handle your birds without wearing a mask. 14. Wash your hands thoroughly before and after handling your birds and/or equipment.15. Use disposable gloves when handling birds, equipment, or picking eggs.16 check out this website for more information on How to Prevent and Detect Disease in Backyard Flocks and Pet Birds: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/animals/terrestrial-animals/diseases/bird-health-basics/eng/1323643634523/1323644740109
or watch this YouTube video: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/animals/terrestrial-animals/biosecurity/tools/video/eng/1320092234079/132215855354917. Follow the protocols of the National Avian On-Farm Biosecurity Standard http://www.inspection.gc.ca/animals/terrestrial-animals/biosecurity/standards-and-principles/avian-on-farm/eng/1375193894256/1375193980266
KEYS TO BIO-SECURITY ON YOUR FARM
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