Chicken & Egg Issue 11 - page 46

When choosing a disinfectant there are a
number of considerations:
What are the target diseases? Viruses
(Marek’s disease), bacteria
or salmonella, or parasites
such as coccidiosis or worms?
disinfectants state on their labels which
diseases they target and if they are DEFRA
approved. This relates to the rigorous
testing procedure the product has gone
through before it can be used for specific
use. DEFRA have a list of disinfectants on
their website that are licensed to destroy
Avian Influenza and Newcastle disease.
Does the disinfectant need to destroy
worms or coccidiosis?
These parasites are
very difficult to destroy and are resistant to
most disinfectants unless stated on the
container or data sheet.
How much do you need?
Depending on
the area needing to be disinfected. Each
disinfectant is used at a different rate or
concentration depending on the disease
issue. For example if the product states
use at 1%, this means 1 part disinfectant to
100 parts of water. If you have 10 litres of
water 1% of this needs to be the disinfec-
tant; so in this case 10ml is required. 10 litres
is a handy size to work to as most large
buckets are 10 litres in volume.
Product safety
: Ensure gloves and overalls
or old clothes are worn when using
disinfectants. Wash any splashes from the
skin. Always follow the manufacturer’s
guidelines. Dispose of empty containers
: Generally the anti-coccidial
disinfectants are more expensive.
When looking at the target diseases it is
important to remember that different
disinfectants act in different ways and
some are more suitable for bacteria, whilst
others are more suitable to destroy viruses.
Always check with your disinfectant
supplier which disinfectant is the most
appropriate for the diseases you are trying
to destroy.
Cleaning and disinfecting your chicken coop
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