Maintain Poultry Vehicles:
• Weather permitting, clean and sanitize the interior and exterior of the vehicle (including the trunk if applicable). Disinfect if necessary.
• The floor mats, steering wheel, and bucket and brush used for boot cleanup should also be disinfected. Use rubber floor mats, which are easy to remove, wash, and sanitize.
• Wipe down hard surfaces using clean water and soap first, apply a sanitizer/disinfectant, and then allow it to dry. No visible feathers, dust, manure or dirt should remain.
• Pay special attention to cleaning organic material from the vehicle’s tires.
• After being washed, trucks should be sprayed and soaked with a disinfectant. The disinfectant should have adequate contact time with surfaces.
Maintain Poultry Equipments:
• Clean and sanitize other equipment used on the farm, such as scales, computer, chains, panels, etc.
• Poultry containers and loaders should be free of all manure, feathers, egg debris, and other dirt before leaving for the next job.
• Dollies and carts may be washed and disinfected on the truck, or disinfected off the truck and placed back on the vehicle. Both methods can be successful, but it is better to wash poultry dollies and carts individually off the truck, and to clean and disinfect the truck interior and exterior before reloading the dollies or carts. The more automated the
system, the better the chance for consistent, reliable results.
• Use separate equipment to move end of lay fowl and pullets if possible. If this is not possible, be sure to take extra precautions when cleaning and disinfecting equipment. If transporting end of lay fowl, wait at least a full day (preferably more) before using the same equipment to move pullets.
• Wash and disinfect catching gates with water and detergent and a recommended disinfectant. The preference is for each farmer to have their own gates.