Cleaner poultry

On every chicken farm there are invisible threats to the birds – and your profits. Poultry diseases and food poisoning bacteria can easily find their way in and spread through the flock. Good biosecurity is essential to protect your birds. Make sure you are doing everything you can to keep your farm clean and biosecure.

Protect your business, farm and birds

Good biosecurity pays off

It helps to:

  • protect the health of your birds
  • improve your profit margin
  • reduce disease-control costs
  • protect your health and your employees’ health
  • protect the public’s health
  • increase customer confidence

What to do

To help control campylobacter bacteria and disease in chickens:

  • keep livestock away from poultry houses
  • only allow essential visitors onto the farm
  • use dedicated boots for each poultry house
  • eliminate vermin
  • wash and sanitise hands before and after visiting the poultry shed
  • clean your vehicle and disinfect the wheels, arches and steps before entry and exit for each site
  • clean and disinfect footwear on entry and exit

More information can be found in the ‘Cleaner farms, better flocks’ leaflet and posters at the links below.

Biosecurity for housed broilers guide

Our guide can be found at the link below. It gives more information about the benefits of good biosecurity as a means of preventing diseases of poultry and the colonisation of broiler chickens with campylobacter.

A review of evidence supporting the perceived benefits of biosecurity can be found in our 'Evidence for the effectiveness of biosecurity to exclude campylobacter from poultry flocks' report.

About campylobacter

Campylobacter is the most common cause of food poisoning in the UK. Evidence indicates that chicken is the major source of these bacteria in people's kitchens. Reducing campylobacter in chicken is a strategy priority for the FSA.

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