Biosecurity -- Working together to keep poultry healthy!
Biosecurity means living and working safely near animals so that neither animals nor people get sick! Scientists work very hard around the world to develop and use the best biosecurity practices. That way we can have healthy pets, people, and farm animals like poultry!
Washing hands with soap and water is one of the best everyday biosecurity practices!
Can you think of any examples of biosecurity in everyday life?
- Washing your hands after playing outside with a dog (or any time!)
- Taking your pets to a veterinarian for regular checkups and vaccinations
- Staying away from animals in the wild, moving away and telling an adult if one ever comes too close
- Cooking all meat and eggs completely through before eating them
"Healthy Harry" is the mascot for "Biosecurity for the Birds"
Humans have been living with and raising birds for thousands of years, but we always need to be careful about how we come into contact with any animal to prevent the spread of germs. The Indiana State Poultry Association considers it very important to educate and help people with their biosecurity. Some things the ISPA recommends for people who raise poultry:
- Just like house pets, poultry need regular vet check-ups! The ISPA helps people connect with veterinarians and health workers to keep their flocks healthy.
- Everyone deserves a clean environment to live in, including poultry! Always clean cages and poultry houses on a regular basis, and make sure the birds have good space and ventilation.
- Giving poultry fresh water and food in clean dishes and feeding systems
- Limit the people who are permitted to visit and contact the birds. If you do visit a flock, always wash clothing and equipment that you use to care for the birds.
- Learn more with this video from USDA-APHIS!