WHAT IS BIOSECURITY?

According to the USDA:

"Biosecurity refers to everything that’s done to keep diseases and the pathogens that carry them – viruses, bacteria, funguses, parasites and other microorganisms – away from birds, property, and people. This includes:

  • Structural biosecurity: measures used in the physical construction and maintenance of coops, pens, poultry houses, family farms, commercial farms, and other facilities.

  • Operational biosecurity: practices, procedures, policies that are consistently followed by people.

So what does the mean for you and US?

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It can mean a lot of things, but primarily we bring it up because biosecurity is of utmost importance in maintaining the health and wellness of any backyard flock. Any visitors on your premises can potentially bring pathogens in to your flock, or conversely visitors can carry pathogens out to their flock at home...so it's definitely something to keep in mind at all times. This is why coop tours and frequent visitors are not a good idea. The environment around us is also filled with wild birds that can potentially spread disease, but we can do our best as humans to minimize our part.

WE do OUR very best to FOLLOW MINDFUL biosecurity Practices

  • CLOTHING: If visiting more than one flock that particular day, we will clean up and change to different clothing in between. Boots will be changed out entirely, or at the very least scrubbed thoroughly and sanitized with appropriate disinfecting solution, and boot covers will be worn if necessary. Any disinfectants used are avian-safe.

  • CLEANING EQUIPMENT: For most visits, we will require the use of equipment that you already have on hand to avoid bringing any outside fecal or soil contaminants in. If for some reason we do need to bring equipment in, it is scrubbed and sprayed with decontamination solution. There will be an additional fee if we need to use our equipment.

  • OBSERVING FOR ILLNESS: During a visit, we will observe your birds and take note of any signs of illness including, but not limited to, respiratory issues, eye or nose discharge, lethargy, swelling of tissue, noticeable signs of parasites, etc . If anything concerning is apparent, that will be included on your visit report. Please keep in mind that any notes are not medical advice, and it is always best to consult your veterinarian with concerns. If you need recommendations for providers, we can help you out.

  • WASTE and DISPOSAL: If we are cleaning your coop, the spent bedding and waste from your animals cannot be removed from the premises. We will inquire with you as to your preference for its placement, most people choosing to compost it on their property as it is considered "black gold" once properly readied for use. Composted manure is an excellent soil amendment and provides a myriad of nutrients for plants including nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. 

Find more information on BIOSECURITY on the USDA website and their "Defend the Flock" program HERE.

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