I like making leek cake in a ring tin, letting it completely cool and then turning it out onto a bed of lettuce. If preferred, it can be made in a shallow ovenproof dish and served hot, though it is more traditional to serve it sliced as a cake. It’s best to use flour potato varieties like Ilam Hardy, red Rascal and Agria.
spreading illness to other birds), warmth, a return to the high protein, coccidiosismedicated Chick Starter feed they had been on, and treatment with Coxiprol, a no-prescription-required treatment for coccidiosis, which she had on hand.
A couple of days later she rang to say they had started coughing and sneezing and another four or five looked sick.
Those aren’t symptoms of cocciodiosis. Infected birds are very prone to secondary infections, but my thoughts turned to possible respiratory diseases and I suggested she consider getting a vet prescription for an antibiotic to alleviate it. She would need to take a few sick birds along to the vet and a dead one, if any more died before she got there.
The vet took throat swabs and sent them off to Massey Vet Lab, and prescribed tetracycline (a broad spectrum antibiotic) in the meantime. Interestingly, because a respiratory disease was involved and 50% of my friend’s affected group were dead or sick, the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) had to be notified in case it was something like avian influenza, a notifiable disease and not currently present in NZ.
That meant the testing – the most expensive part of the process – was free, and if a post-mortem was involved, she’d have got the best avian experts in the country doing that for free too.
Fortunately, her birds were negative for avian influenza, but the tests did indicate infectious laryngo tracheitis (ILT).
The owner, her vet, a vaccine manufacturer and I were all involved in coming up with a plan of action. Commercial flocks are often vaccinated for this disease – it’s more common in northern parts of NZ – but for a small flock owner, the problem is once the live virus vaccine is introduced, every subsequent flock must be vaccinated