POTENTIAL CHICKEN DISEASES:
MYCOPLASMA & SALMONELLA
A common disease to watch for when raising chickens is mycoplasma. Chickens are subject to diseases much like any other animals.
When raising chickens, the wise owner is aware of the potential conditions that can affect the flock.
This respiratory disease affects both chickens and turkeys. Also known as chronic respiratory disease (CRD), this was first recognized as a mild disease in adult chickens. The result was lower egg production but very rare death. Later, “air sac disease” was recognized in younger birds. Some became stunted, the feed efficiency was reduced, and many were rejected for human consumption. Source:
CRD produces cold like symptoms. Swelling under the eyes and inflamed respiratory organs. This disease does not affect one bird, but rather the whole flock. Blood tests can be used to check a flock for infection, and a decision to treat is made. Attempted treatments include broad-spectrum antibiotics, given through food, water, or injections.
Perhaps the most publicized disease in chickens is salmonella. When raising chickens, the owner must watch for this disease because it affects the eggs and the meat. Signs of salmonella in chickens include a dejection, low appetite, excessive thirst, a reluctance to move, ruffled feathers and yellowed diarrhea.
Treatment of Salmonella includes antibiotics such as amoxicillin. Prevention is the easiest solution. There are vaccines available for this disease.
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