Poultry Disease Prevention Checklist

A useful checklist for poultry producers to rate their disease prevention practices and preparedness from Dr Casey W. Ritz of the Department of Poultry Science at the University of Georgia.
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Disease prevention is much less stressful and costly than disease control and recovery. Biosecurity measures are a critical component of disease prevention. Use this list to rate your disease prevention practices and preparedness. Check the box for all questions to which you can answer ‘yes’. A score of 80 or better is outstanding, 70 to 79 excellent, 60 to 69 good, 50 to 59 just fair, and 49 or less indicates a definite need for improvement.

A. Score 5 points for each ‘yes’ answer.

  • My farm is isolated from other poultry facilities.
  • My poultry houses are set back at least 200 feet from public roads.
  • Access deterrents are in place such as warning signs at entrances, perimeter fencing or gated driveways.
  • My buildings are secured with locks.
  • My employees do not own poultry.
  • No other avian species are kept on my property.
  • I have a pest management programme to control mice, rats and other pests.

B. Score 4 points for each ‘yes’ answer.

  • My birds are observed every day for abnormal symptoms and overall flock health.
  • I routinely analyse my poultry production, feed consumption, and mortality records for signs of problems.
  • Dead birds are picked up daily from the houses for appropriate disposal.
  • My farm has secure dead bird disposal, with no access to birds or animals.
  • Vehicles or people cannot enter my farm or poultry houses without my permission or knowledge.
  • Visitors must park vehicles in a designated area and sign a logbook.

Score 3 points for each ‘yes’ answer.

  • My poultry housing is animal- and wild bird-proof.
  • All tools and equipment are cleaned and disinfected before coming on my farm.
  • Production houses are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected between flocks.
  • Production house entryways are routinely cleaned and disinfected.
  • Disinfectant footbaths are at each entryway of every facility and are routinely cleaned and recharged.
  • Debris and vegetation are cleaned up and kept clear of the production facilities.
  • Feed spills are cleaned up quickly when they occur.
  • For necessary visitors, I provide clean coveralls and boots.
  • My employees do not travel to other poultry premises not under my control.

Score 2 points for each ‘yes’ answer.

  • All utility and service vehicles entering my farm are properly sanitised before entry and the drivers do not enter the poultry houses.
  • Farm employees work only in assigned areas; they do not go to other areas of the farm.
  • Dead birds are not carried from house to house.
  • Poultry waste from other farms is never spread on the fields adjacent to my farm.
  • I have instructed my employees and service personnel about poultry disease and on-farm prevention measures.

Score 1 point for each ‘yes’ answer.

  • Household pets are kept away from the poultry buildings.
  • I have implemented a fly control programme for my farm.
  • I follow all company-implemented disease prevention measures on my farm.
  • I regularly attend educational programmes to keep abreast of new developments in disease control.

----------- Total (Perfect score = 100)

June 2011
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