Cleaning and disinfection, an essential part of broiler production

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To achieve the genetic potential of broilers, it is important to provide them with everything they require, including the correct temperature and ventilation conditions along with a good feed and water management program.

The first step to reach the desired performance is to provide the flock with a clean environment where the risk of flock infection at placement is minimal. Reducing the risk of infection requires a clear and complete cleaning and disinfection program.

The cleaning and disinfection program should be rigorous and consistent between every flock.

It is important to note that even if the previous flock had no outward signs of infection or if there were no sanitary issues in the house, that does not necessarily mean pathogens were not present.

Thorough cleaning must be done regardless of an outgoing flock’s status.


The written cleaning procedure must be simple and easy for all personnel to understand. Although each operation is unique, the cleaning and sanitizing steps will be the same and must be performed correctly and thoroughly.

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Additionally, all personnel using chemicals for cleaning and disinfection must use personal protective equipment (PPE) including masks, gloves, goggles, and overalls according to the chemicals safety guidelines. This will ensure human welfare and that the procedure is completed correctly.


Insecticide first

After the flock has left the farm, apply an insecticide to the litter. Allow the insecticide time to work (at least 24 hours), then remove the litter from the houses and take it at least one kilometer away from the farm.

Treat the litter with an insecticide before removing it from the house

Keep the litter covered as some insects can fly away from the litter and relocate to other houses on the farm.

Additionally, a common mistake is to remove litter from one house after other houses on the farm have already been cleaned.

>This can cause the contamination of cleaned houses by insects, organic materials, and even pathogens.

>If more than one house on a farm is cleaned on the same day, take steps to


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