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Digital Subscriptions > Chickens > January/February 2019 > Backyard Biosecurity

Backyard Biosecurity

by the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis
It’s OK to have visitors to your coop, but make sure they haven’t been around other flocks recently and that their hands and clothes are clean.

As companion animals, pets, show animals or production animals, chickens require constant care, and they deserve to be in a safe and clean environment. While this might seem obvious, sometimes people don’t provide clean, nutritious food and water as well as proper shelter because they lack knowledge, not because they are indifferent.

Our birds can become ill in many ways, and there is no 100 percent guaranteed way to prevent our birds from getting an infectious disease.

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