Health > Respiratory System
This category contains information about the respiratory system and its problems in poultry—diseases including Mycoplasma, Infectious Bronchitis, Aspergillosis, Infectious LaryngioTracheitis, Gapeworms and up to date information on Avian Influenza (Bird Flu).
Symptoms are mostly associated with respiratory difficulty-gasping, wheezing, gaping (neck stretching) and gurgling, but can also include fluid and bubbles in the eyes.
Health problems that affect a bird’s respiratory tract, causing breathing problems.
Avian Influenza, or bird flu, is an infectious virus that affects many species of birds, including chickens, ducks, turkeys and geese. There have been many outbreaks worldwide,
Antibiotics are often used by poultry vets to treat respiratory problems and poultry wormers are used to treat Gapeworms. Drug use isn’t without risks and there are longer term drug-resistance issues to consider.
If you would like a good reference book on poultry health, these are the books I would recommend.
Prevention is always better than cure, so good husbandry, maintaining good biosecurity, and quarantining new birds you bring in to your flock should be your aim. Using the correct (dust free) bedding material and keeping your chickens healthy can also help.
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