Chicken & Egg Issue 11 - page 47

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At Chicken Vet for general disinfection
against viruses and bacteria we
recommend using either
Bio VX
or
Poultry Shield
. Both these products are
very safe to use and will work for most of
the pathogens your chickens come into
contact with.
Bio VX
is a peroxygen based disinfectant
that is DEFRA approved against AI and
Newcastle disease. It is effective against
most viruses, bacteria and fungi. It is NOT
effective against coccidiosis.
Poultry Shield
is a general purpose
disinfectant that is effective against
bacteria, fungi and viruses. It is suitable
for use on organic holdings. It is NOT
effective against coccidiosis.
Interkokask and Bi-oocyst
are
recommended disinfectants against
coccidiosis. Both products are DEFRA
approved and are also effective
against bacteria, viruses and fungi. As
with
Bio VX, Bi-OO-Cyst/Interkokask
should be diluted in water and applied
to the coop and left to dry.
Interkokask
has the added benefit of destroying
worm eggs, red mites and red mite eggs
too – so is an all-round option for
disinfection and lowering parasite levels
too. It is available in a handy ready to use
option which avoids measuring out the
product as well as the concentrate
version.
Consideration should also be given to
where the target disease is likely to reside
in your coop. Coccidiosis and Salmonella
are most likely to be present on the floors
and drinkers and feeders. Marek’s disease
is shed from the feather follicles and is
more likely to be present throughout the
coop. Infectious Bronchitis is shed through
mucus and through droppings and as such
could be anywhere in the coop.
When re-bedding the coop, adsorbent
powders such as Dri-bed can be applied
to areas which frequently become
contaminated such as: around drinkers
and feeders, around the pop hole and
under the perch. Dri-bed contains
Bio VX
disinfectant to destroy bacteria and
viruses as well as to absorb moisture and
odours.
Having an understanding of disinfectants
will help you implement good hygiene
practices with your birds, therefore
reducing the incidence and risk of disease
affecting your birds.
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