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Biosecurity for your pigeon loft

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Quick facts

Biosecurity in your loft helps prevent disease in your loft.

  • Isolate your flock from other birds. Always quarantine new or returning birds for 14 days.

  • Avoid contacting other birds or sharing equipment between flocks.

  • Clean and disinfect vehicles, equipment, and clothing used in or near the loft.

  • Limit visitors and use signs to keep individuals out.

  • On a club basis, make sure transporters are cleaned and disinfected between uses.

What is biosecurity?

Biosecurity is a set of steps you must take to prevent or reduce disease in your loft.

On a broader scale, biosecurity is a formal system to stop bacteria or viruses from moving from one animal, loft or person to another.

Watch our video on Pigeon Loft Biosecurity.

Cost

Biosecurity costs are minimal and under your control. Most of the cost comes from some disinfectant products and possibly disposable smock, hats and shoe covers. You can quickly and cheaply adapt lofts for good biosecurity measures, even if you need to add barricades or fences.

Basic biosecurity measures

Most handlers already apply some form of effective biosecurity measures:

  • Cleaning the fountains twice daily

  • Cleaning and scraping perches

  • Spraying the loft for parasites

  • Storing feed in rodent-proof steel bins

  • Wearing a hat in the loft

  • Isolating new stock for at least 14 days

Practicing biosecurity

These biosecurity practices will help you prevent the following:

  • Disease spread between racing pigeon lofts

  • Introduction of new infections to birds prone to disease

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Biosecurity and racing

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Carol Cardona Extension poultry virologist

Reviewed in 2018

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