Backyard flocks are valued by many individuals and families for their meat and eggs. However, the birds are also at risk from nocturnal and daytime predators that can attack and kill them.
It is important to take adequate steps to keep your flock safe. This includes providing adequate housing and fencing and checking often for breaches in your defenses that would allow access to predators.
Protects Your Property
If you have a small flock of poultry on your property, you want to protect them from predators and other animals that may harm them. The best way to do this is to practice good biosecurity.
Biosecurity is a set of measures designed to prevent the spread of disease on your property and into your flock. This can be a very easy way to ensure the health of your birds while reducing your risk of losing them.
The Defend the Flock resource center includes free resources and tools to help you implement and maintain a strong biosecurity program. It contains checklists, guides, and videos that will help you keep your birds safe and healthy.
Alerts You to Suspicious Activity
Flock Safety’s neighborhood license plate reading cameras are a great way to alert you to suspicious activity and provide law enforcement with concrete evidence. For example, one improvement district reported a 46% reduction in car break-ins and 25% fewer vehicle thefts.
The Flock Safety website also boasts a collection of free resources and tools to help you bolster your farm or ranch biosecurity. Here you’ll find checklists, videos, and even the aforementioned neighborhood sexie.
You’ll also learn about the latest ag tech innovations from USDA, including the latest crop monitoring and tracing tools and a suite of smart agriculture solutions that improve the health of your farm or ranch. You’ll also discover how to protect your investment with industry-leading insurance, loan processing, and other essential financial services.
Finally, you’ll be able to keep up with the latest news and trends in the livestock industry through our blog, newsletter, and social media feeds. We’re also on hand to answer any of your questions or concerns.
Saves You Money
A well-designed coop and pen can ward off a variety of predators. A sturdy lock on the entry door may be your best bet, and motion-sensor lighting is an easy way to keep your feathered friends safe at night.
In addition to the standard chicken food and water bowls, consider putting out a few decorative bird feeders for the birds to enjoy. It’s a good idea to consider the size and temperament of your flock before settling for a fancy feeder. The most successful feeders are the ones that are well positioned, and can be easily removed for cleaning. The most important thing to remember is to feed your birds only high quality, healthy food from a reputable source. That way you are ensuring your flock’s health and longevity. The more nutritious their feed, the happier your birds will be. The better your flock will be, the less expensive it will be to care for them.
Protects Your Family
Whether you are a new flock keeper or have been keeping poultry for many years, it is important to practice good biosecurity every day. This prevents the spread of diseases that can threaten your own birds or other flocks nearby.
Diseases can be transferred to other birds through human or equipment traffic, wildlife, and parasites. Preventing these transmissions will help protect your flock and keep other commercial flocks healthy.
One way to reduce the risk of disease transfer is to segregate your flock according to age. For example, only run a younger flock in a building or other area that contains older chickens.
Introducing new birds into your flock should also be done carefully, with at least a 21-day quarantine period in place before they can be introduced to your current flock. Never mix different species of birds together in the same building or on your farm, as this can cause problems with disease control.