Mareks Disease

MAREKS DISEASE (MD), is a common virus that causes internal lesions (tumors), and kills more birds than any other disease. It is so common that you should assume you have it in your flock, even if you detect no...

Vaccinating for Mareks Disease

OK, I give… I finally put together an article exclusively for those of you who would like to learn how to vaccinate your chicks for Mareks Disease. 1. draw 3cc of diluent 2. draw 3cc of re-hydrated vaccine 3....

The Many Uses of Oxine AH (Animal Health)

Since I introduced a product named Oxine AH (Animal Health) to the fancy about four years ago, I have had so many questions about its effectiveness and many uses, that I thought it may be time to put something...

The Many Uses of Diatomaceous Earth

DIATOMACEOUS EARTH (DE) is not ‘dirt’. In plain English it is naturally occurring crystalline silica, found in the earth. Another understandable description would be razor sharp microscopic diatoms (the crystalline silica skeletons of prehistoric aquatic plants) with intricate geometric...

Heat Prostration

HEAT PROSTRATION is a serious problem this time of year in most states. It can also be a problem any time in certain areas of the country where warmer climate, inadequate ventilation, or an enclosed building where the sun...

Biosecurity

Do you have a closet chef among your flock? I don’t think so. You’ve got mice – little ones. BIOSECURITY is practiced in the commercial poultry industry, and it simply means to keep your facilities as free from contaminants...

Stress Management

STRESS is a big factor in determining the overall health of our birds. Stress comes in many forms and seems to affect the best of our show birds the most. There’s something inherent about the genetic makeup it takes...

The Emotional Side of Raising Poultry

I’m going to break from the traditional health article this month and talk about something that touches my soul. If I wanted to write a column on the ‘most frequently asked questions’, I’d have to include this topic, since...

Supportive Therapy

I’m not talking about the need for psychotherapy (although if you’re talking about my birds, it’s debatable); I’m talking about SUPPORTIVE THERAPY. Supportive therapy is what you administer to a sick bird to increase its chances for recovery. I...

General Care

Many of you ‘older’ fanciers will remember one of my favorite TV programs from the past called ‘Quincy’, but for the younger audience, Dr. Quincy was a coroner… This column will be dedicated to keeping you from needing one....

Toxoplasmosis

Toxoplasmosis is a coccidian protozoan parasitic disease that affects mammals, birds, and reptiles. It primarily affects the central nervous system but can also affect the reproductive system, skeletal muscles, and critical organs, such as the heart, liver, and lungs....

Nutrients

The feed which chickens eat is made up of water, carbohydrates, fats, proteins, minerals and vitamins. Each nutrient serves a special need. What we feed supplies the building material for the development of bone, flesh, feathers and eggs. When...

Cell Migration

Quite often, I will receive a call or an email from someone who is frantic over the devastating injury caused to their poultry pet, usually by a predator. When the bird is beyond hope and is suffering, then I...

Probiotics – The Good Bacteria

PROBIOTICS are a dietary supplement that increase the population of the ‘good’ bacteria (micro flora), which are needed in the intestinal tract in order to process food properly. The use of probiotics as a daily supplement has become a...

Common Poultry Myths

Let’s talk about COMMON POULTRY MYTHS. Medicated Starter will kill your waterfowl. You cannot eat eggs from chickens that eat medicated Layer feed with Amprolium in it. Ducks and chickens cannot be hatched or brooded together. The Mareks vaccine...

Mites

Your chickens’ bottoms that is – you know, the area where the egg comes out in a hen and the area on the roo where he can make that same egg fertile. If the area appears dark in color...

Infectious Laryngotracheitis

Chickens do not suffer from the Common Cold. Your bird may have one of many upper respiratory ailments, such as Infectious Coryza, Infectious Bronchitis, a CRD, or perhaps some other form of respiratory distress including bacterial, fungal, or viral...

Using Injectable Medications

Are you in the dark about giving shots? Many fanciers are. This article will try to help people feel more comfortable with the idea of USING INJECTABLE MEDICATIONS on their poultry (as opposed to other delivery methods), and to...

Worms

Free-ranging birds enjoy many benefits and privileges over those kept in coops and cages. However, there can be a host of problems that occur with the free-range flock that aren’t necessarily problems for the ‘coopers’. Coccidiosis is an obvious...

‘Crusty’ Duck Heads

It’s unsightly, it’s crusty, it destroys feathers, and it’s sticky when wet – what IS that stuff? Oh-No! It’s ‘DIRTY DUCK’ SALIVA! You’ve seen it, I’m sure. Your best show bird has a head of feathers that looks like...

Infectious Bronchitis

Chickens do not suffer from the Common Cold. Your bird may have one of many upper respiratory ailments, such as Infectious Coryza, Infectious Bronchitis, a CRD, or perhaps some other form of respiratory distress including bacterial, fungal, or viral...

Wintering

Ohhh, the weather outside is frightful…(I’d insert a musical note here if I had one.) This month I’m going to talk about the joys of POULTRY KEEPING THROUGH THE WINTER. (Those of you in the fare weather States can...

Toxins

A POISON by any other name is still a poison. To paraphrase Paracelsus from 400 years ago, it’s ‘the dose that makes the poison’. Simply stated, almost anything in an overdose or a diet restricted to only one ingredient...

Coccidiosis

I’m not. That’s because I practice prevention. And if there’s anything to practice prevention for, it’s COCCIDIOSIS. Since Coccidiosis is one of the most flock-devastating protozoan parasitic diseases, ‘Cocci’ management should forever be at the forefront of any good...

First Aid Kit

I bet that’s what you’d love to do every time one of your feathered friends has an illness or injury – come on, admit it! I can just see it now – the tiny little stretchers, the toy-sized ambulance...

Egg Drop Syndrome

If you have a serious problem with thin-shelled or shell-less eggs, or a marked reduction in egg production, then you could be dealing with EGG DROP SYNDROME. I would not worry about the occasional thin-shelled or shell-less egg that...

Upper Respiratory Fungal Infections

There’s a reason for most of those deaths, and it’s usually an undetected UPPER RESPIRATORY FUNGAL INFECTION. There are numerous upper respiratory ailments and I’m not going to cover each one here. Instead, I’ll address fungal infections from the...

Hatching

I’ve had both the good fortune of good fertility and a great hatch during a year that seemed disappointing for others, and the opportunity to study some of the latest methods used in the commercial poultry industry to increase...

Egg Binding

EGG BINDING is a serious disorder that most commonly affects a young hen when laying her first egg, but can affect any hen at any time. Some cases are so severe that the only possible solution is surgical, and...

Infectious Coryza

They probably have one of any number of upper respiratory ailments, such as Infectious Coryza, Infectious Bronchitis, a CRD, or perhaps some other form of respiratory distress including bacterial, fungal, or viral infection. But chances are, they don’t have...