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Prevention
Keep cages, food, and water clean on a daily basis. Clean equipment that comes in contact with your birds or their droppings. That includes tools such as feed scoops, shovels, rakes, and brooms. All manure must be removed before disinfectant can work, so clean surfaces with soap and water first. Properly dispose of dead birds by burial or incineration or take them to a landfill. Check on local ordinances for acceptable disposal methods.

Don’t bring sickness Home. Car and truck tires, poultry cages, and equipment from other poultry farms may contain germs.
Taking some of your birds to a fair or exhibition? Keep those birds separated from the rest of your flock and watch them for at least 2 weeks after the event to ensure that they didn't’t pick up a disease.

New birds should be kept separate from your flock for at least 30 days before putting them with the rest of your birds. To prevent disease, it is best not to mix young and old birds or birds from different species or different sources.

Don’t Borrow sickness, Do not share birds, lawn and garden equipment, tools, or poultry supplies with your neighbors or bird owners. If you do bring these items home, clean and disinfect them before they reach your birds And remember to clean and disinfect borrowed items before returning them. Never share items such as wooden pallets or cardboard egg cartons because they are porous and cannot be adequately cleaned.

Early Detection Of Signs
It is very important to prevent the spread of disease. Symptoms that signal something might be wrong with your birds include:
Sudden death
Diarrhea
Egg Production- Decreased or loss of ; soft-shelled, misshapen eggs
Sneezing, gasping for air, nasal discharge, coughing
Lack of energy and appetite
Swelling of tissues around eyes and in neck
Wattles, Combs, Legs -Purple discoloration
Depression
Muscular tremors
Drooping wings
Twisting of head
and neck, uncoordinated, complete paralysis

Diseases
Parasites include:
Mites, Fleas, Lice, Ticks, and Worms.
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Other Diseases:
Aspergillosis fungi
Avian influenza also called Bird flu virus
Histomoniasis Blackhead disease protozoa parasite
Botulism
Cage Layer Fatigue mineral deficiencies, lack of exercise
Coccidiosis Parasites
Colds
Crop Impaction
Dermanyssus gallinae Red Mites Parasite
Egg bound - Inability to pass an Egg
Erysipelas - A Bacteria
Fatty Liver Hemorrhagic Syndrome high-energy food
Fowl Cholera bacteria
Fowl Pox Virus
Fowl Typhoid - Bacteria
Gallid herpesvirus 1
or Infectious Laryngotracheitis virus
Gapeworm - Worms in the throat
Infectious Bronchitis virus
Infectious Bursal Virus
Infectious Coryza - Bacteria
Lymphoid leukosis Avian leukosis virus
Marek's disease virus
Moniliasis Yeast Infection
or Thrush fungi
Mycoplasmas bacteria-like organisms
Newcastle disease virus
Necrotic Enteritis bacteria
Omphalitis Mushy chick disease umbilical cord stump
Prolapse
Psittacosis bacteria
Pullorum Salmonella bacteria
Scaly leg mites
Squamous cell carcinoma cancer
Tibial dyschondroplasia speed growing
Toxoplasmosis protozoal parasite
Ulcerative Enteritis bacteria

*Treatment
A number of treatment options are available commercially or through your avian vet.
Included in these are the following:

Antibiotic Powder (Usually mixed in water)- Bacterial Infection
Antibiotic Cream -Eye Infections
Stiptic Powder - Bleeding
Ivomec- Treatment for parasites
Electrolyte Powder (Usually mixed in water)


Resources
The USDA website determine what the illness is based on symptoms and try to help cure/fix it. 1-800-536-7593

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