Caring for a sick chicken is a challenge that all chicken keepers face at one time or another. Keeping poultry has its challenges and one of the biggest challenges can be, getting an ill chicken well. Early detection and prevention are your best friends in …
Lice & Mite Prevention Lice & mites are minute external parasites that live off of poultry, they are extremely resilient to all types of environmental conditions, including freezing cold temperatures. They are vicious blood-sucking pests that invade your coop attacking poultry compromising their health. Consider …
Keeping chickens healthy in the winter, can be more challenging, than the greener times of summer, when they can munch on weeds and bugs, that naturally keeps them healthier. Closing chickens indoors for protection from the adverse weather can set up the right conditions for …
In the winter months, as the weather turns colder, chicken keepers are forced to keep their birds shut indoors to protect them from adverse weather conditions. Confinement indoors can create conditions, triggering respiratory illness in poultry.
The respiratory systems of chickens are very sensitive to dust and ammonia, too much of either can bring on symptoms of sneezing, gasping for air, wheezy gurgling sounds, drainage from nostrils, with ruffled feather appearance. This illness can be problematic, and it is wise to be proactive and take these preventative measures. Read on at Community Chickens
Due to Virulent Newcastle Disease, the state of California has issued a quarantine and will no longer allow shipments of live poultry, hatching eggs or embryonated eggs in or out of these zip codes 90000-93599. These zip codes include areas of San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa …
300 Cases of Newcastle Disease In California
Poultry World reports January 21, 2019, that there have been 300 cases confirmed of the deadly Newcastle Disease in California since May 2018. Utah has recently first confirmed its first case of Newcastle disease, which is believed to be linked to birds shipped from California. Since the outbreak over half of a million birds have been euthanized at three commercial poultry farms in California. The state veterinary has ordered mandatory euthanization of all chickens in 4 different neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties. Sadly, this action includes euthanization of healthy birds, their goal is to stop the further spread of the disease as new cases keep popping up. For more information see Poultry World (“US West Coast Continues to Battle Newcastle Disease”)Jan 21, 2019, West Coast Continues to Battle Newcastle Disease
Newcastle disease is a highly contagious viral disease that affects respiratory, digestive, and nervous systems. It can be fatal up to 100% of the time. Once inflicted chickens will show symptoms of swollen eyes, purplish color wattles, and comb, severe discharge of liquid from beak and nostrils, twisting of head and neck, loss of appetite, loose droppings, and sudden death. The disease is spread by body fluids from direct contact between chickens, cracked eggs, and droppings. In addition, humans can easily spread the disease via clothing and shoes by coming in contact with an environment that has chickens inflicted. There is no cure, antibiotics will only treat secondary infections. It can infect all birds, with a high mortality rate for chickens, while other other types of birds will show no symptoms and yet be carriers of the deadly disease. More on Newcastle Disease
Prevention is Key
Do not bring any new birds on to your property
Quarantine birds back from shows for 30 days
Practice biosecurity see Nebraska Poultry Biosecurity Guidebook
Observe your birds regularly for symptoms and report any ill birds to Sick Bird Hotline 866-922-2473
For more information on Newcastle Disease see California Food and Agriculture
American Poultry Association originated back in 1873 and is one of the oldest livestock organizations in the United States today. They have established breed guidelines, that are used by poultry judges across the United States. Their Motto “to promote and protect the standard breed poultry industry …
Salmon Faverolles Chickens were originated France for eggs and meat. Faverolles lay a slightly tinted egg and are great layers through the winter. Faverolles are very gentle and docile. They make great pets for children they can be affectionate and like people. We are breeding the Standard and Bantam type of Salmon Faverolles.
Taking orders for chicks and hatching eggs March thru June 2019 Standards: Salmon Faverolles, Ameraucanas, Russian Orloffs, Blue Splashed and Lavender Opringtons, Columbian Wyandottes, and Blue Laced Red Wyandottes. Bantams: D’uccles including Mille, Porcelain, and Gold Neck colors, and Belgian Quail d’Anver.