If you house poultry as part of your agricultural operation, it's important to control bacteria and viruses in your poultry housing with periodic application of disinfectants.
However, simply applying farm disinfectants is not enough to ensure cleanliness in poultry housing. There are numerous additional steps you need to go through as part of your process for disinfecting and cleaning poultry houses.
The following are six steps to include when disinfecting poultry shelters at your agricultural facility.
Clear out equipment to clean underneath and behind it
A poultry house will typically include numerous pieces of equipment including feed and water containers. These need to be removed during disinfecting. This way disinfectant can be effective both underneath and behind equipment.
The equipment itself should also be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected since feed and water containers are places where bacterial and viral growth can flourish.
Spray an insecticide
In addition to a disinfectant, poultry houses should also be sprayed with an insecticide during complete cleanings and applications of disinfectant.
Insect pests contribute to the presence of viruses and bacteria in chicken houses. Therefore, their populations need to be kept under control to keep poultry houses clean and healthy.
Old litter is likely to be contaminated with feces, urine, and other types of biological waste and debris. It's important to completely remove old litter and replace it with fresh litter when a poultry house is disinfected.
Get rid of debris such as cobwebs and dust
It's also important to remove any debris that has accumulated on the walls and ceiling of a poultry house. The best way to do this is to hose down the entire structure after the litter has been removed.
Clean with a detergent
Simply removing debris and litter and then applying disinfectant is not enough. Before disinfect is applied, a poultry house should be thoroughly cleaned with a detergent.
It's important to make sure that any detergent used during poultry house cleaning is compatible with the disinfectant that will be used afterward. This will prevent potentially harmful chemical reactions.
Make sure to clear any biofilm from pipes delivering the water supply
When a poultry house is disinfected, it's important to inspect any pipes that are used to deliver water to poultry. Over time, biofilm can build up within pipes and cause bacterial growth.
Biofilm in pipes needs to be removed, and the pipes themselves should be disinfected to ensure a fresh and clean water supply.