Biosecurity is a word we hear a lot these days when it comes to keeping our birds healthy and safe. It is more than just a word, though. The definition of biosecurity from merriam-webster.com is as follows: security from exposure to harmful biological agents; also: measures taken to ensure this security.
The definition from Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus is “the methods that are used to stop a disease or infection from spreading from one person, animal, or place to others: Chicken farmers have strengthened biosecurity to prevent contamination from people who have visited live-bird markets.”
These are very interesting definitions since they mention chicken farmers in their example. It makes me think that someone has taken notice of all of the efforts of the chicken farmers and keepers.
Actual practice, not just words
On my farm, I get to see biosecurity practices in action when I have the Florida Department of Agriculture people here to conduct the NPIP or National Poultry Improvement Plan testing, which includes blood tests and throat swabs for avian influenza. The agent has to dress in a disposable top coat, disposable footwear, and rubber gloves to keep my flock safe from anything she may have come in contact with on another farm. And before she leaves my driveway, she sprays disinfectant on her truck’s tires as she did at the farm she was at before getting to mine.
Other good practices to keep your flock healthy include:
- Do not keep bird feeders for wild birds near your chickens, because wild birds can carry diseases to your flock.
- Use hand sanitizer before and after handling birds.
- If you buy new birds, please quarantine them for up to 30 days before adding them to your flock to make sure they are not sick and do no make any others in your flock sick.
It is also a good practice to keep visitors away from your flock so they can not carry something to them, but I recognize it is sometimes necessary to have people around your flock.
Biosecurity in and out
With that in mind, this is where the latest product being reviewed comes in. It is a disinfection mat by Revival Animal Health. This is how they describe the mat on their website:
“Increase your biosecurity with the Disinfecting Mat. Just place mat on a level surface—mesh foam side up—and pour liquid sanitizer or disinfectant directly onto mat. The foam layer absorbs the liquid, allowing the mat to act as a disinfectant dispenser when stepped on. Its sturdy, impermeable poly tarp bottom keeps liquids in and toxins out. Sleek design minimizes tripping hazard and makes clean up easy. Place at entrances and exits so shoes get sanitized going in and coming out! Not to be used with bleach. Made in USA.”
I have tried it out and I would agree with their description. I called the company to talk to them about the mat and also found out it can be used indoors or outdoors. They told me that fresh disinfectant should be added once a week or so and if used outdoors, then after a rain, too.
They also included a disinfectant kit which included a gallon of Oxine AH and Citric Acid crystals. You mix it together to activate, let sit for 5 minutes, then mix into a gallon of water. The next step is to pour it onto the mesh section of the mat and you are all set.
You could win this complete disinfection kit!
In one of my calls to Revival Animal Health, I talked with Josh Van Muyden, Revival’s National Brand Manager. He told me that Oxine AH can be used by itself, but when used with the Citric Acid crystals, it strengthens the Oxine and makes it work faster and able to penetrate fecal material. The mat can also be used with other disinfectants such as Rescue Disinfectant and/or Trifectant as alternatives.
Here is a little bit more information from their website about the Oxine in the kit:
Oxine Animal Health (AH) has been tested and proven effective against a variety of bacteria, fungi and viruses, including E. coli, Salmonella, Staphylococcus, Parvovirus and more. Utilizes chlorine dioxide chemistry to eliminate odors and kill the bacteria that causes them. May be used everywhere in animal care facilities and confinements, plus it can be used for fogging or spraying. Effective as a feed-water and premise disinfectant. With an ultra-high activity level, it should be used in low concentrations, making it economical to use.
Additional description of effectiveness continues:
It is completely soluble in water and has long-lasting bacteriostatic activity. Oxine has been shown to be more effective than other common sanitizers, including quaternary ammonia, iodophors, peracetic acid, and sodium hypochlorite (chlorine bleach). EPA registered and organically approved through Organic Materials Review Institute. Made in USA.
The mat in use
I set the mat up in front of our hatchery building and added the disinfectant as I was directed on the phone. It was that easy.
But the big benefit is that I now have confidence as people walk into the hatchery to pick up their chicks that their shoes are sanitized before they come in. You can’t put a price on peace-of-mind like this!
So if you are in a situation that you may have visitors near your birds, this product could give you peace of mind also.
What’s In The Disinfection Kit?
Disinfecting Mat - $54.99
• Simply fill mat with disinfectant and see it work
• Mesh-covered foam soaks up liquids
• Tough plastic keeps liquids in and toxins out
• Place mat at entrances/exits for increased biosecurity
• Weight: 3 lbs
• Made in the USA
• 32" X 22" X 1.5"
Oxine Animal Health (AH)/Citric Acid Kit - $37.99
• Oxine® Animal Health (AH) has been tested and proven effective against a variety of bacteria, fungi and viruses
• Utilizes chlorine dioxide chemistry to eliminate odors and kill the bacteria that causes them
• May be used everywhere in animal care facilities and confinements
• Ultra-high activity level and long-lasting bacteriostatic activity
• Economical to use
Revival Animal Health, Inc.
1700 Albany Place SE
PO Box 200
Orange City, Iowa 51041-0200
Published : 04/02/2018 - 4:29pm