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Chicken Health A to Z (Part 6): Know the Ailments That Can Affect Your FlockWe come to the end, my friends. We've covered some gnarly chicken ailments this year, starting with avian influenza, and you've made it this far. We hope you've not encountered too many of these afflictions in your flock, but pat yourself on the back for being a responsible flock-keeper.
Poultry First Aid: A Novice Starter Kit | Community ChickensAs a novice poultry keeper my first year with the flock was full of new learning experiences, some requiring poultry first aid. While most days I experienced free-range bliss, it was inevitable a bird would be injured or fall sick. I came up with a great starter kit that helped me care for my chickens, ...
Poultry Diseases and How to Prevent ThemPoultry are not disease free, and it is important that you create an environment that will protect these birds from as many diseases as possible. If you intend to eat your chickens or consume their eggs, you will want them disease free for yourself as well as their own well being.
A Guide to Sick Chicken Symptoms - Backyard PoultryWith so much talk about chicken illnesses this year, it's good to know what a sick chicken looks like, so we can try to help our feathered pets feel better quickly. We are all uncertain at times, but there are certain criteria you can use to assess if your bird has sick chicken symptoms. First, let's explore what a healthy chicken looks and acts like.
All Cooped Up: Coryza - Backyard Poultry Reading Time: 5 minutes All Cooped Up is a new feature, profiling poultry diseases and how to prevent/treat them, written as a collaboration between medical professional Lacey Hughett and University of Pennsylvania poultry specialist Dr. Sherrill Davison. The facts: What is it? An upper respiratory infection. Causative agent: A bacterium called Avibacterium paragallinarum.
More than 60 outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) have now been confirmed in Hungarian poultry flocks in less than one month. Bulgaria, Taiwan, and Vietnam have also reported new outbreaks.
Researchers at the Roslin Institute at The University of Edinburgh recently hypothesized gut microbe transplantation could make chickens less susceptible to Campylobacter, a bacterium that causes food poisoning.
Amino acid supplementation could help reduce the incidence and severity of wooden breast in broilers without having a negative effect on feed conversion or yield, finds a new research project funded by the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association.
See what ten poultry-related articles and blogs were read the most during April 2020.
Processing can't do it all. Food-safety experts say a comprehensive, integrated Salmonella-control program needs to begin in live production. Sponsored by Poultry Health Today.
Biosecurity strategies and methods to protect the health and safety of your flock. Sponsored by Cobb-Vantress.
Clemson University Livestock Poultry Health (LPH) has released the control area surrounding a commercial turkey farm in Chesterfield County, South Carolina, where highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) was confirmed.
COVID-19 has inspired a sudden spike in poultry sales, prompting federal regulators to double down on their efforts to reach first-time backyard farmers and educate them about the importance of biosecurity.
Nanopore sequencing is a new technology that could be a more cost-effective, efficient approach to rapidly and accurately diagnose poultry respiratory diseases.
Researchers at the University of New South Wales have developed a type of DNA assay able to accurately identify and detect several serotypes of Salmonella, a common cause of food poisoning associated with eating raw or undercooked poultry and eggs.
As the number of outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in Hungarian poultry this year approaches 250, the disease has spread to a third region. While there have been new cases in Taiwan, Irish poultry farmers are seeking compensation for the loss of flocks culled as the result of a non-notifiable influenza virus.
The spread of foodborne pathogens continues to climb – and chicken is one of the biggest culprits in transmission, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
While a further 19 new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) are confirmed on poultry farms in Hungary, there have also been new cases in Taiwan and Vietnam. In China, two new cases of influenza of avian origin have been confirmed in young children, both of whom have recovered.
Avian pathogenic Escherichia coli (APEC) may play a role in turkey cellulitis, acting as a gateway organism for the primary cause, finds new research from the University of Georgia.
A lack of sweat glands and relatively high body temperatures put poultry, especially fast-growing chickens, at a higher risk of heat stress. This is a concern for farmers, especially as temperatures rise in the northern hemisphere.
Following a single outbreak of infectious bursal disease (IBD) at a broiler farm last year, veterinary authorities in Iceland have declared the disease situation “resolved.”
Hungary's veterinary authority has reported further outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in poultry. In China, two more young children have tested positive for a flu virus of avian origin.
Salmonella has developed unexpected strategies for evading the immune system and harnessing the microbiome to remain hidden.
Learn how to maximize the benefits of in-ovo vaccination of poultry flocks.