Found worldwide, erysipelas most commonly affects turkeys. The bacteria live in areas high in nitrogen and enter the bird through skin wounds, mucous membranes, or ingestion. Fighting, picking, and artificial insemination may create lacerations.Read More
Salpingitis is inflammation in a hen’s oviduct, as a result of an infection. Multiple pathogens can cause a secondary salpingitis infection. Infections
may spread upward from the cloaca or downward from another infection in the hen’s body. Respiratory infections are known to lead to salpingitis.
Marek’s Disease Virus (MDV) causes tumorsand immunosuppression in chickens, and occasionally turkeys and quail. Infected flocks generally show clinical signs between six and 30 weeks of age; however, the disease can affect older birds as well. Not all infected birds show symptoms but will continue to shed the virus for life.Read More
While these charts contain many of the diseases that chickens may encounter, it is not an exhaustive list. Discrepancies in subcategories of a disease may exist. Some diseases are very difficult to diagnose without a veterinary post-mortem examination.Read More
While these charts contain many of the diseases that chickens may encounter, it is not an exhaustive list. Discrepancies in subcategories
of a disease may exist. Some diseases are very difficult to diagnose without a veterinary post-mortem examination.
Omphalitis is a fairly common infection, also known as “mushy chick disease” or “yolk sac infection,” and it occurs in the first few days of a bird’s life. It is seen most commonly in artificially hatched eggs and is associated with contaminated eggs or incubators.Read More
Eggshells are a porous, which allows air, moisture, and some contaminants to pass through. Spoilage bacteria are the most common culprits of eggs turning rotten. When laid, the hen deposits a protective bloom, but this cuticle is not completely impenetrable, so whether or not you wash the egg, bacteria will eventually traverse that porous shell.Read More