Category Archive: Diseases and illness

Infectious Bronchitis

Infectious Bronchitis in chickens Infectious Bronchitis (IB) is a viral disease affecting chickens of all ages. Disease overview Infectious Bronchitis is found worldwide. Infectious Bronchitis virus (IBV) targets not only the respiratory tract but also the uro-genital tract. IBV mainly causes respiratory disease in the infected birds and also drops in egg production in layers …

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Newcastle disease

Newcastle disease (ND) is a highly contagious disease of birds caused by a paramyxo virus. Many species of birds, including commercial, wild and pet birds, can be affected. The disease is a worldwide problem and sporadic outbreaks occur frequently. The last outbreak in chickens and turkeys in the UK was in 1997. It occurred in …

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Poultry Mites and Lice (External Parasites)

  Poultry Mites All classes of poultry are susceptible to mites, some of which are blood-suckers, while others burrow into the skin or live on or in the feathers. Others occur in the air passages and in the lungs, liver and other internal organs. Poultry mites cause retarded growth, reduced egg production, lowered vitality, damaged …

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Types Of Worm Infestation In Chickens

Roundworms Roundworm is one of the most common parasites found in poultry. Adult worms are about one and a half to three inches long & they can be seen easily with the naked eye.They can be found not only in the intestine but also in the crop, gizzard or oesophagus. Symptoms Heavily infected birds may …

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Sour Crop

Sour crop is a condition of yeast infection in the crop leading to thickening of the crop wall, dilation of the crop and birds losing condition and possibly dying. The cause is often difficult to determine but you should check the condition of the feed store and always ensure birds have fresh feed. Treatment is …

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Mycoplasma

Also known as M.g, Mycoplasma gallisepticum is an infection which can affect chickens, turkeys, game birds, pigeons and other wild birds. Ducks and geese can also become infected if kept in close proximity to chickens. M.g. is less evident in birds kept commercially due to single age sites and high levels of biosecurity. However, in …

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Marek’s Disease

Marek’s Disease is an extremely contagious viral disease in chickens. It is caused by a Herpes virus which can survive for long periods of time in the environment. It is thought that in feather dust it can survive on a farm for at least 12 months and it is this problem which leads to it …

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Chickens and Feather Pecking

Chickens feather pecking, or feather eating can become a problem in a flock and there are a few reasons why it happens. Your hens might be bored so make sure they have plenty of things to do. Try a couple of thick branches hung up on string that the birds can jump onto. This will …

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Impacted Crop-Poultry

Crop impaction is a particular problem associated with free ranging chickens. This is caused by long grass, or other material, becoming coiled into a plug in the crop. This causes a distended, pendulous crop, which is hard to the touch. The provision of grit can significantly aid the functioning of the gizzard. Although most free-ranging …

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Coccidiosis

General life cycle of coccidia Coccidiosis is a disease caused by a parasitic protozoa (a single celled organism), which damages the intestines—this can result in poor performance and mortality. Coccidiosis generally effects younger birds and costs the poultry industry millions of pounds every year, in loss of production and treatment. Coccidiosis affects many animals, including …

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Red Mite – Chickens Keepers Nightmare

Red mite is a common external parasite of birds and one of the most hated by poultry keepers. Although very small it can be seen by the naked eye. Mites feed on blood or feathers, skin or scales of birds. Heavy infestations can result in poor health, anaemia, reduced egg production, weight loss or, in …

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Gape Worm in Poultry

About Gape Worm Gape Worm infestation also known as Syngamus Tachea although rare, can crop up in your flock from time to time. It affects poultry, waterfowl, turkeys and game birds and in particular pheasant . Wild birds can also be affected which can make eradication difficult.  Gape worm infestation occurs either by birds eating …

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