Checklist to Implementing
Effective Poultry Biosecurity Plan
Implementing any of these suggestions will reduce
the risk of disease entry. Each additional step implemented will
further reduce biosecurity risks.
- Restrict entry to essential personnel and record
- Provide boots and coveralls for staff and visitors
for each barn.
- Staff should change into dedicated/disposable boots and coveralls
upon entering each different barn. Clean footbaths may be appropriate
within a barn if changed regularly.
- If possible, provide show facilities for visitors.
- Remove poultry mortality daily. Store or dispose
of them in an approved method.
- Ensure staff and visitors are aware of the dangers
of raising or visiting other avian species and their contact with
- Minimize entry of equipment, supplies, etc. and
take appropriate precautions such as disinfection, removal from
shipping boxes, etc.
- Maintain a strong vector control program for insect,
mammalian and avian vectors. Maintain bait stations, clean up
feed spills, prevent entry by wild animals (rats, birds, insects)
or pets (dogs, cats). Use screens in windows, air inlets, doors
feed bin exhausts etc.
- Maintain minimal vegetation and no debris around
poultry facilities to lessen food and shelter opportunities for
- Ensure that feed, water and bedding sources are
free from infectious agents.
- Review your biosecurity plan and flock health
program, including vaccination protocols, with your veterinarian
on a regular basis.
Biosecurity "Stop" signs suitable for entries
are available for download and printing. For more information visit
the OMAFRA livestock web site or call our Agricultural Information
Contact Centre at: 1-877-424-1300.
For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300