Biosecurity for free-range poultry

  • Keep water fresh and free of droppings.
  • Keep feed under cover to minimise wild bird attraction.
  • 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 clothes and wash boots 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 be sharing equipment.
  • Disinfect vehicles which have been on poultry premises but avoid taking vehicles onto other premises.
  • Wash hands before and after handling poultry.
  • Comply with any import/export regulations/guidelines.

These are common-sense measures which can easily be incorporated into daily routine.

AVIAN INFLUENZA: the UK is currently officially free of AI.

For further details on the latest developments and any restrictions, please see the DEFRA website.
Please continue to implement sensible biosecurity measures according to PCGB guidelines.

The Poultry Club, having taken advice from DEFRA, is advising members to keep high levels of biosecurity. Please refer to our advice about Biosecurity. Further information is available at the DEFRA website.