Mareks Disease in Chickens

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 evidence. Mareks is a member of the herpesvirus family of...

Vaccinating for Mareks Disease in Chickens

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. hold the chick face down 4. insert the needle just...

Toxoplasmosis in Poultry

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. A single species, Toxoplasma gondii, is the cause of toxoplasmosis...

Infectious Laryngotracheitis in Poultry

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 infection – perhaps even something like Laryngotracheitis (commonly known as...

Infectious Bronchitis in Poultry

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 infection. But chances are, they don’t have the Common Cold....

Toxins that Effect Backyard Chickens

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 would eventually become toxic to your birds. A misplaced decimal...

Coccidiosis in Poultry

COCCIDIOSIS is one of the most flock-devastating protozoan parasitic diseases that can effect backyard chickens. ‘Cocci’ management should forever be at the forefront of any good health and nutrition program for your flock. If you’ve ever survived a round of Cocci in your own flock, you know what I...

Upper Respiratory Fungal Infections that Effect Chickens

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 most basic of causes, the connection to our environment, and...

Infectious Coryza in Poultry

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 the Common Cold. I’m going to concentrate on one of...