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Fowl cholera

This is a systemic infection caused by the bacterium Pasteurella multocida. Related strains of this bacterium cause respiratory and systemic diseases in a variety of animals including pigs and companion …

What signs to look out for in sick birds

Unhealthy bird, © British Hen Welfare Trust The most useful tool for any hen owner is a pair of eyes. Observation of hens going about their normal daily lives will …

Bumblefoot

Bumblefoot (pododermatitis) is a common condition in poultry, which can result from a combination of factors including inadequate bedding, lack of exercise, poor diet and infection of superficial wounds.

Impacted crop

Marcella Perversi MRCVS will now take you through a surgical procedure for an impacted crop which resulted in a successful outcome. Have you had experience of emptying an impacted crop? …

Fractured wing

Marcella Perversi will now describe to you how to deal with an open wing fracture which does not require surgery. Let us know how useful this was to you, would …

Egg peritonitis

In this video, Marcella Perversi MRCVS talks us through the entire procedure for dealing with an extreme case of Egg Yolk Peritonitis with a full removal of the uterus. This …

Scaly leg treatment

A cockerel presented with a severe case of scaly leg but was otherwise well and was eating and drinking normally. The skin over his legs looked severely infected, oozing purulent …

Bumblefoot treatment

Watch this next video in which Marcella Perversi MRCVS will introduce you to Lola, a broiler breeder (otherwise known as a roastie by the BHWT). Marcella will explain the full …

Avian immunology

Like mammals, poultry have complex mechanisms of innate and adaptive immunity which can be enhanced, to some degree, by vaccination. Natural defences of poultry include antimicrobial secretions, pH barriers in …

Egg peritonitis treatment

A hen presented with a history of reluctance to walk, poor appetite, laboured breathing, a typical ‘penguin stance’ and on examination had marked coelomic distension. Surgery was advised. The hen …

Caring for poultry

Now listen to Jane Howorth outlining the basic requirements for caring for poultry, including some legalities around feeding and biosecurity. Did you know it’s illegal to feed household scraps; are …

Differences between broiler and layer chickens II

In this video, Gaynor Davies explains the differences between broilers and layers and tells us how the commercial sector uses technology to maximise efficiencies. Let us know your thoughts after …

Getting to know poultry

Now Jane Howorth will introduce you to poultry with a brief overview of the history of chickens up to modern day and an outline of the four distinct groups.