Coryza = Infectious Coryza - information here
CRD = Chronic Respiratory Disease - information here (1) - more information here (2)
MD = Marek's Disease - information here
ILT = Infectious Laryngotracheitis - information here
IB = Infectious Bronchitis - information here
POX = Fowl Pox/Avian Pox - information here
VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION
- If any of the poultry display any of the amount signs, please report this to your local vet. Disease management starts with you so that the spread can be mapped, controlled and the right vaccines can be on hand for future flocks. It helps the vets to be able to recognise an outbreak if every backyard poultry owner reports an incident.
(This does not mean a vet bill, it just means a phone call in most cases).
- Not every symptom will be visible in every case.
- Take preventative steps and practice strong biosecurity measures immediately.
Go for yard lock down and separate sick poultry from those who are not yet presenting with symptoms. Use different boots in the yard, wash all equipment, use a quarantine coop or pop up pet tent inside your house or car shed.
- Do not take poultry out of your yard except for veterinary care.
- Do not worm the poultry during this time, instead opt for probiotics and vitamin supplements in their water or feed.
- Vaccinations against these disease can only be done at the time of hatching, not during their adult life.
There may an exception to one or two diseases but later vaccines prove to be waste of time in many cases. Once the disease has occurred, the hens become life time carriers. (All in/All out approach is best for those wishing to breed).
- Do not bring in any new poultry or sell any of your existing poultry for the next 6-8 weeks after the last sick hen has recovered. No chicken sales for the next two months!
- Decide if culling may be required. In the case of Marek's Disease, there must be an immediate cull to prevent spread.
- If in doubt, call your local vet.