Disinfecting tires and shoes before entering the coop is very a crucial factor in stopping the spread of disease and infection. Today’s commercial poultry farms will actually spray disinfectant on the trucks, tires and protective clothing worn by humans who go anywhere near chickens. This helps prevent the spread of diseases from one farm to another.
Oxine is an effective disease preventer, but it does have a bleaching effect on the clothes and the feathers, so handle with care. Fogging with Oxine should be done at least once a week, as it can kill all the airborne viruses and bacteria.
Make sure you fog especially well in damp areas, as they are more likely to help germs incubate and spread.
If you find small rodents anywhere, set out traps immediately to avoid predator problems. The mice or rodents presence can be seen through their droppings in the water and the food bowl and they look a lot like pepper pellets.