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Principle #6 - Wild Birds, Rodents, and Insects

By Abby Neu 
Extension Educator, Poultry
neux0012@umn.edu | (320) 235 - 0726 x 2019

and Hannah Lochner
Extension Livestock Communications Intern

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You will encounter wild birds, rodents, and insects on your farms. They can potentially be vectors for disease. Recognizing and addressing these vectors can help you prevent disease transmittance from affecting your flocks.  The NPIP Biosecurity audit requires that you provide documentation for the implementation and maintenance of your control plans.

What are your current control measures to prevent contact your production birds have with wild birds, their feces and feathers?

What are your current measures to control rodents, insects and other animals that may come on your premises?

In periods of heightened disease risk this principle is important to review and adjust your programs as necessary to further protect your flock.


Documenting implementation and all maintenance of your control programs is necessary and can help self-assess your current practices. These documents can also aid in identifying improvement opportunities or address related challenges that arise. Documentation may include:

  • log sheets
  • rodent control company contracts or service records
  • Best Management Practices (BMP) audits
  • maintenance records are all appropriate.

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