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Principle #10 - Replacement Poultry

By Abby Neu
Extension Educator, Poultry | (320) 235 - 0726 x 2019
And Hannah Lochner
Extension Livestock Communications Intern

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Introducing new birds to your facilities can increase the risk of disease development in your existing flock. Replacement poultry is poultry from hatch to maturity intended to become laying hens or breeders. When bringing in replacement poultry, it is important to know the history of those birds. Are these birds coming from flocks that are in compliance with NPIP provisions and program standards? If so, provide supporting documentation such as Forms VS 9-2 or VS 9-3, or NPIP hatchery production records.

When replacement birds are brought to your site take into consideration where the vehicles may have been prior to your farm. Transport vehicles if not disinfected or regularly cleaned may be contaminated. Monitoring vehicle decontamination and inspection can help you diminish disease risk from having these vehicles enter your perimeter buffer area. What biosecure practices do you carry out on your farm? You should have supporting documentation of these practices through truck washing logs, written instructions, inspection reports, or other records you may use if you manage these aspects on-site.

Photo credits:  Erica Sawatzke
In addition to transport vehicles, personnel and equipment involved with placement should also follow biosecurity protocol(s). Personnel need to be aware of the practices used on your farm to optimize biosecurity when bringing in replacement poultry. Be sure to describe your farm’s protocol for transport personnel and provide supporting documentation such as SOPs, visitor log-in sheets, or signed statements. If you use contracted help, have a conversation with the company beforehand so everyone involved is on the same page.

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