3 signs of fever

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Your Poultry -

A fever can be caused by a bac­te­rial or viral in­fec­tion.

A bird will look de­pressed and be lethar­gic.

The nor­mal tem­per­a­ture of an adult is be­tween 40.6°C and 41.7°C – you can use a rec­tal ther­mome­ter to get a read­ing, al­though note han­dling a bird while do­ing this may cause its tem­per­a­ture to rise slightly.

Sick birds of­ten hud­dle to­gether, mean­ing their tem­per­a­ture will not go down – a bird’s tem­per­a­ture may go up as high as 45°C, caus­ing them to die from over­heat­ing.

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