While we would like to think that birds are fairly free of diseases, they can be challenged from time to time by what is in their environment. With ABF/RWA programs and a reduction in available therapies there are fewer treatments available for common illness that may strike a flock. Because of this, it is important to maintain a healthy environment by practicing great biosecurity. By compartmentalizing and restricting movement of people and equipment among the birds, you reduce disease pressures on the flocks in your care. Organic and other flocks that use outside access have to push the line of separation on their farms to the outer limits of where the birds may roam. This means PPE and other sanitation methods may be needed to enter these pens for normal service.
Deliveries and other non-poultry visitors should be held to a minimum. The use of Drop Boxes and other locked enclosures will help reduce traffic on the farm. Review your documented biosecurity plan on a regular basis and make sure all who visit your location understand and follow your plan.