Biosecurity plans can be difficult to follow, but if you arm yourself with the right tools, it’s not all that hard. As a Poultry Service Provider, I visit small farms to help diagnose problems and educate farmers, so I needed a biosecurity tool kit convenient enough that I can just grab and go. The following is what I came up with, and I’ll explain why, how much and where to get it.
Assembling A Simple Biosecurity Tool Kit
5 Gallon Buckets:
To start the tool kit off, I picked 2 of these buckets. First off, it serves as the container for the whole kit, but it’s more than just that. Having the graduated markings on the side allow me to mix disinfectants to their proper dilution rate, and I can use the bucket for wash water (just add soap). The links in this post are not affiliate links, I’ve simply included them for your convenience. Amazon just so happens to be rather convenient.
Less than $10 on Amazon (for 2).
I’ve used these before to store tools and hardware, and this kit was a great excuse to buy another one. The Gamma Lid is a threaded lid that seals 5 Gallon pails for storing things. It’s far easier than trying to pry a lid off. I chose yellow for high visibility and to be sure I would notice any dirt on the surface. Yellow, white or orange would work well, your choice.
About $15 on Amazon.
Not really necessary, but I wanted an easy way to identify the kit. Also a good deterrent from people messing around with it.
About $4 on Amazon.
To make small batches of disinfectant, I picked up a pack of 3 (16oz) spray bottles. These are heavy duty chemical resistant ones, so they should last a long time. 16oz is also the correct dilution rate for one tablet of Virkon S. Out of my entire biosecurity tool kit, this is what gets the most use.
About $12 on Amazon.
Very important! You need a brush for scrubbing your boots off, and scrubbing any surface you’re cleaning. Be sure you get a brush that fits in the bucket, because if it doesn’t, that wouldn’t be convenient. I found a brush at Target for under $4. A square dish or toilet brush will do the trick.
About $4 at your local big box store.
Disposable gloves are something everyone should have, and once you do, you’ll find all sorts of occasions to use them. I suggest buying gloves thicker than the cheap 4mil thick exam gloves since I tend to tear them easily. Nitrile gloves resist chemicals far better than latex, and since latex allergies are common, I suggest Nitrile. I’m partial to the “Orange Lightning” gloves these days, but in a pinch I usually buy the Harbor Freight heavy duty gloves.
About $15 per box. Buy them on Amazon, Harbor Freight, or any big box store.
If I think there’s something seriously wrong, I’ll wear these. Also, if I think I’m going to make an absolute mess of my cloths I have these as an option. If you don’t use them for your coop, there may eventually be a project you’ll appreciate having these for, like painting or cleaning something. They’re not terribly expensive, so it’s worth having one on hand.
About $10 on Amazon.
Tyvec Shoe Covers:
These are great if you have visitors to the coop. Plastic shopping bags would work in a pinch, but these offer grip to the wearer. If you positively have to have someone walk through your coop, then ask them to wear these, then toss them out. I have them in case I forget my boots
About $9 for 2 pair on Amazon.
These are a must have for any biosecurity tool kit, and you’ll appreciate them the day you need them. My old boots were ready for the trash, so I picked up a new pair of Servus® brand boots. They may not be fashionable, but they’re easy to clean and really good for messy chores.
About $20 at your local TSC, Amazon, or hardware store.
Last but not least, is Virkon S. Bleach will not suffice! Virkon S is the poultry industry’s standard disinfectant and virucide. This product is effective, and now it’s a convenient product for professionals and backyard flocks alike. Previously, I really disliked mixing the product since the powder form is very fine and dusty. The last thing I want to do is inhale this stuff, so it was always a trick to use it safely. Lately, DuPont decided to offer this product in a tablet and am I glad they did. The really cool thing is that one tablet in the 16oz spray bottle makes a perfect dilution, removing the need for measuring or guessing. Your biosecurity tool kit is incomplete without this stuff.
About $20 on Amazon.
Other Personal Protective Equipment you may want to consider are face masks and safety glasses. Virkon S is not something to be trifled with, so pick these up. You don’t need expensive ones, the particulate disposable masks and the cheap goggles will do the trick.
About $5 each at your local big box hardware store.
This biosecurity tool kit was largely tailored to my needs as a farmer and visiting service provider, but did I miss something? If you think I did, let me know below!