Toxoplasmosis is quite rare. A laboratory test can identify it. It is usually kinder to dispatch birds with this condition because it usually ends in death anyway.

Species affected: All.
Other Names: Toxoplasma
Symptoms: In growers: Loss of appetite, uncoordinated and stressed, sometimes walking in circles, muscle spasms, twisted head, paralysis, white droppings, occasionally diarrhoea, a pale shrivelled up comb, blindness.
Causes: A protozoan parasite.
Transmission: Via infected cat droppings, infected worms, beatles, rodents or flies or rotten meat.
Diagnosis: Symptoms above and identification of protozoan parasite in laboratory tests.
Prevention: Control the things that the parasite uses for transmission above.
Treatment: None known.
Risk to Human Health: Infected uncooked meat can cause infection.

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Tim is the founder of the poultrykeeper website and lives in Herefordshire, UK. He keeps Cream Legbar chickens, Silver Sebright bantams and hybrid layers for eggs, Abacot Ranger ducks, Brecon Buff geese and some quail.

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