1. I have a few chickens in my garden, only around 20. Can I still use Saniblanc® D?

Yes, Saniblanc® D will help you if you are a smallholder and want to keep a safe, external environment in your backyard.

2. How often do I have to use Saniblanc® D to maintain a safe environment for my livestock?

Every three months.

3. How does Saniblanc® D improve soil quality?

  • Saniblanc® D improves the soil structure and the animal life (ie number of worms) which are crucial for poultry. (Actually, animal droppings are acidic. By bringing up the pH level in the surface of the ground, Saniblanc® D boosts the decay levels of organic matter.)
  • Saniblanc® D doesn't bring other chemicals in your soil apart from calcium. It is safe to allow rain to take it down the drains.

4. Why do external runs need to be sanitized?

Keeping drier conditions on the paddock will reduce the numbers of potential parasites. Several pathogens remain hidden or under protected forms in the natural environment (namely in humid patches in the paddocks, in muddy areas, especially during warm Autumns). Saniblanc® D will kill most of them.

5. Why should I use protection gloves and goggles?

The product is classified as an irritant (due to its biocidal action) because it captures the water from the skin, or any other part of the body when brought in contact. That’s why it is highly water absorbant.

6. I am in a relatively safe zone for Bird Influenza. Will Saniblanc® D help me to better protect my poultry?

Yes: using Saniblanc® D keeps your external environment safe and is a guarantee for better protection against the Influenza virus.

It is suspected that the high pathogenic forms of the Influenza virus develop from low pathogenic forms that already exist among poultry. When poultry live in a safer environment, with just a few common infections, their immune system will react more efficiently in case of an outbreak.

7. Producers of free range poultry and eggs need a disinfectant to protect flocks in open-to-the-air external runs. Are disinfectants designed for enclosed compounds up to the job?

No. There are a number of effective, chemical-based internal disinfectant products on the market designed to protect flocks inside sheds. But these disinfectants are not suitable for use on external areas populated by free-ranging poultry.

8. Why not?

Because of the environmental risks of chemicals leaching into the ground and polluting water courses. Historically, external areas populated by free-ranging poultry have not been treated with disinfectants at all. But the bird flu scare has thrown the issue of disinfection into sharp focus for the growing number of producers of free range poultry and eggs. External runs are particularly vulnerable to infection due to bird waste not only from both the previous and the incoming poultry flock, but also from wild birds passing overhead.

9. What are the risks of keeping poultry in outside runs without using disinfectants?

It’s in the outside run where free range free range chickens and turkeys run the highest risk of coming into contact with bacteria such as braschyspira, pasteurella or erysipelas, and unfortunately it is quite common for a newly introduced, fully vaccinated flock to deteriorate quite rapidly in terms of egg yield and mortality once they are allowed outside. There is the ever-present danger of them picking up viruses including avian (bird) flu, H5N1(the pathogenic form of which spreads very rapidly) or reovirus. In addition they can pick up parasites which include coccidiosis, helminth and ascaris. Contamination by any of these could damage or even completely wipe out entire flocks and vastly effect egg production rates.

10. It seems the only answer is to keep poultry inside, but then they can no longer be classed as free range, so what is the best thing to do?

The growing demands for free range meat and eggs means producers want to retain the free range status of their flocks.

A similar dilemma has been encountered by European farmers – however, a solution is available to them which is now being offered to UK free range producers. Saniblanc® D is a dry, calcium-based disinfectant powder especially designed for disinfecting exterior free range runs.

Being a natural, chemical-free product it is ideal for use outside without any risk of ground pollution. In fact it actually improves ground quality at the same time as it disinfects. Its launch on the UK market follows its successful listing on the DEFRA register of approved disinfectants. It is the first exterior disinfectant solution available here in the UK following extensive use across Europe and is extremely cost effective.

11. Does Saniblanc® D provide any other benefits to free range producers?

As well as controlling soil acidity it dries the area and also provides a source of calcium to poultry and vegetation. Not only is Saniblanc® D ecologically friendly, it is economical, too. It has a long-lasting effect, remaining effective for up to three months depending on weather conditions.

12. How easy is it to apply?

Using Saniblanc® D could not be easier. The ground is soaked and dry Saniblanc® D powder is then sprinkled at specific dosage levels. Just 24 hours later, when the thermal reaction is completed, poultry can be safely introduced into the treated area.

For more information on Saniblanc® D, contact Lhoist Saniblanc® D product manager Xavier Mear + 44 (0) 1298 768 641