The Chicken Health Handbook: A Complete Guide to Maximizing Flock Health and Dealing with Disease (2nd Edition)
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Healthy chickens are happy chickens. This one-of-a-kind reference book covers the health problems that plague chickens of all breeds and ages. Practical charts identify common symptoms and causes of infection, while an alphabetic listing of diseases provides advice on treatment. You’ll find helpful descriptions of troublesome ailments of all types, from poor egg production to crooked toe syndrome. Practical remedies and gentle preventative care measures will help your beloved flock stay happy, healthy, and safe.
Press out the abscess core, and peel away the remaining edge. Avoid Impetigo A human, especially a child or an elderly person, can potentially get a superficial skin infection (impetigo) while treating a chicken for bumblefoot or an infected breast blister. Although no case of a chicken infecting a person has ever been proven, wear disposable gloves during treatment. Take care in disposing of material removed from the abscess, as well as the dressings, as they are loaded with staphylococci.
disastrous consequences for the chicken. Spectinomycin Spectinomycin (trade name Spectam) is a natural antibiotic in a group of drugs (aminocyclitols) that are structurally similar to the aminoglycosides, but much less toxic. As a soluble powder it is used to treat chronic respiratory disease and other conditions caused by mycoplasma bacteria. As an injectable it is used to control intestinal infections caused by E. coli and salmonella, but readily results in resistant strains. Like its
exist in the poultry environment. After leaving a hen’s warm body, the egg immediately starts to cool. As its contents contract, a vacuum is created that can draw bacteria and molds through the 6,000-plus pores in the shell, potentially causing egg spoilage and human illness. Eggs produced in a clean environment, collected often, and promptly placed under refrigeration (after cracked or seriously soiled eggs are discarded) rarely pose a human health problem. Eggs that are slightly soiled with
accumulating blood from clotting, and suppresses pain so the tick won’t get scratched off before it’s had its fill. The feeding tube’s barbs are what make a tick so difficult to remove. The trick is to remove the tick without squeezing or tearing it, for which pointy tweezers work better than blunt tweezers. Grasp the tick firmly as close as possible to where it enters the skin, and pull straight out without jerking or twisting the tweezers. Don’t worry about any mouthparts that stay behind. If
protozoa (such as those causing coccidiosis), and nematodes (worms). As necessary, but at least once a year, empty your coop, clean out and replace all the litter, and scrape droppings from the perches and walls (see Keep It Clean). Fall is the best time for this chore, since it gives your chickens fresh litter at the start of winter, when bad weather keeps them indoors much of the time. Compost the used litter, or spread it on soil where your chickens will not range for at least 1 year.