To avoid any possible problems with cross-contamination between chicken coops, one of the following measures will be taken for the Tour De Coop event: wear shoe covers or disinfect shoes before visiting a coop.
To protect their flock from cross-contamination, some coop’s owners may ask visitors to wear disposable protective shoe covers when visiting their coop.
The shoe covers will be provided at the coop stop and should be disposed after the visit. They shouldn’t be re-used at another coop.
1. Coop owners should provide a spray bottle disinfection stations at each of the coop sites and
have visitors simply spray the bottoms of their shoes thoroughly as they enter the
backyards of coop presenters.
2. Coop owners who wish to can provide a foot bath with a ½” deep Lysol solution,
but will need to replace the solution throughout the day due to heavy use.
Recycled plastic bags worn over shoes can also be offered as an alternative on the
rare occasion when one may be necessary.
3. Most important, visitors will not actually enter the coops or pens where the
chickens are housed and range and will not handle the birds.
4. An added precaution for those chicken keepers who free-range their birds in their
yard, we strongly suggest that they isolate the chickens to their secure enclosures
for a few days prior to the event and request that they spray down their yards
thoroughly with water in order to dilute the concentration of contaminants.
Our solution* is not prohibitively expensive, is simple to carry out and will not
create an environmental headache to deal with after! It also is aligned with the
recommendations of the American Poultry Association and is approved by Regina
Phelps, CA Audubon Board member and H1N1 pandemic expert and planner. Key
to our plan are the following two pieces of information:
1. From the APA:
“Use Disinfectants: When people come to visit your coop, ask them if you can mist
the bottom of their shoes with disinfectant. In so doing, you’ll be eliminating
anything they could carry in on their shoes from their coop to yours….”
2. Lysol* has been approved by the federal government as an effective disinfectant
against the H1N1 virus as well as other viruses and misc. bugs.
The recipe for using lysol concentrate is 2 tablespoons to 32 oz of water (1 large spray bottle)
Here is the lysol concentrate:
Weaker solution products of lysol might require a different ratio.