Poultry Farm Consumable Suppliers
FarmChem supplies consumables to the UK poultry sector. Our range of products includes Defra and Lion Code approved disinfectants, detergent sanitisers, farm fly control products, poultry vitamins and red poultry mite control.
Do you need to clean and disinfect an egg laying shed? After removing all muck, litter etc we suggest using a foaming detergent such as Ecofoam Advanced at a 2% dilution. This product is best applied using a foaming lance at low pressure to all surfaces including floor, walls, ceiling and equipment such as nest boxes. Leave for 30 minutes and then wash down thoroughly with clean water. Soak slats in a solution of Supersolve and water, preferably overnight or longer if possible, and then pressure wash off any residual soiling.
Now would be a good time to clean the biofilm from the drinker system. Firstly estimate the capacity of the drinker lines and drain the header tank down to this level. Add enough Aqua Clean to the header tank to make a 3% dilution and introduce this into the drinker system ensuring that you bleed the solution to the end of the drinking lines. Leave overnight and then flush the system with plenty of clean water.
Once the surfaces inside the laying shed are throughly dry it is time to apply a Defra approved disinfectant. When selecting a terminal disinfectant ensure that it is compatable with the Lion Code standards. Most producers opt for a glutaraldehyde based disinfectant such as Viroshield which gives some residual effect once dry. Apply at low pressure via a pressure washer ideally fitted with a foaming lance. Cover all surfaces.
When the shed has been cleaned, disinfected and allowed to dry. It is a good time to think about red mite control. Broadly speaking the products fall into two categories chemical action (insecticides) such as GAT Omega or physical action products such as Hemexsan or Mitex. Apply to all mite harbourages.
Don't forget that once you have disinfected your shed you will need to place footdip buckets filled with a suitable Defra approved disinfectant solution such as Virophor or FAM 30 at entrances to the shed. This will prevent contamination of your newly disinfected floors.
Now that's your egg laying shed cleaned, disinfected and treated for red poultry mite and your water lines are clean the new flock of birds can be safely introduced into the shed. If the hens appear stressed after transportation add Solulyte to the water for 3 days to help settle them in. This product is also of great help during periods of heat stress.
After a few weeks treat the muck area with a larvicide such as Neporex. This is especially important in the summer months to prevent an explosion in fly numbers. Hang boards treated with a fly adulticide such as Vulcan AP Fly Bait Granules or Quick Bayt to control any adult flies in the shed. Alternatively spray fly resting surfaces with Vulcan AP Soluble Granules or Twenty One.
During the flock keep the hens in tip-top condition using a multivitamin dosed into the water system. This is of particular help during periods of peak production or following a disease challenge.
As the birds age you may notice that around 50 weeks of age the shell quality declines, hairline cracks appear and the number of seconds increase. This process can be slowed down the the addition to the drinking water of specialist supplements such as Shell Max.
- Red Mite Control
Vulcan AP Fly Bait
Vulcan AP fly bait is a granular bait insecticide for the control of farm flies in a wide variety of breeding environments (e.g. cattle, pigs, poultry, sheep) and is very easy to use. Vulcan AP has an excellent built in fly magnet with the dual effect of a food attractant and a sexual pheromone.