Our Tips and Tricks segments are among our viewers' favorite Poultry Biosecurity videos. We love sharing great farmer-to-farmer advice, so Allen is back with our third edition of Tips and Tricks for Your Poultry Farm.
The following four tips are all from growers who submitted their advice with photos and videos. We want to thank these growers for their work in feeding our country and helping others do the same!
Tip #1: Surprising Screen in Water Flow Regulators
This first tip is from an Alabama grower. Did you know that in the regulator that controls water flow into your poultry house, there is usually a mesh screen? As you can see in his photo, this screen can catch debris like PVC shavings. If you suspect an issue with your water flow, you may want to check the screen in your regulator to see if it may be clogged.
Tip #2: DIY Magnets
Farmers in both North Carolina and South Carolina submitted this tip. They made custom magnets to put on their feed bins. These magnets communicate to their drivers what should go where. Magnetsonthecheap.com is one good resource to make some magnets for your farm. This is an easy, inexpensive way to communicate to your truck drivers!
Tip #3: Protect your Plugs
A grower in North Carolina found a really clever way to recycle plastic soda bottles. Cut the bottle in half, string your cords through and run the bottle along the cord until you reach the plug. Situate the plug inside the bottle, and it will be protected from water and debris!
Tip #4: An Extra Set of Eyes
A South Carolina poultry farmer has a tip on how to get an extra set of eyes for tasks like filling up trucks. This grower has a solar powered video recorder on the edge of his stack house. When he's filling up a truck with litter, he and the driver can look at live monitoring of the truck as it fills. This way, they can quickly know how and when to move the truck as it fills.
Have any tips or tricks you want to share?
We love to help farmers help other farmers. If you have any tips or tricks you'd like us to include in a future video, please reach out to Allen! You can also let us know if you have any questions or topics you'd like us to cover.
If you have any questions relating to poultry biosecurity, we’re here to help! Contact Allen Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-608-3755.
About the Author
This blog was written by Izy Dobbins, Southland Organics' Marketing Manager. Izy has devoted her education and career to communicating science-related topics. With an enthusiasm for sharing accurate and honest content relating to science and agriculture, she ensures Southland Organics' publications are as informative as they are interesting. Izy graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor's degree in advertising, minors in both Spanish and environmental health science and a Certificate in Sustainability. She has been working at Southland Organics since 2021. Learn more about Izy here.
This blog was edited by Allen Reynolds, Southland Organics’ Poultry Sales Manager. Allen spent years working on poultry farms, from installing equipment to dumping chicks. He has been helping poultry farmers overcome obstacles since 2014, focusing on poultry farm strength in the antibiotic-free environment since 2017. He has traveled thousands of miles and worked closely with hundreds of farmers during his time with Southland Organics. Allen is known by even more farmers from the YouTube channel Poultry Biosecurity, where he regularly appears in videos that educate farmers on topics like bird health and farm business. Learn more about Allen here.