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Are you finding dead wild birds?


IF YOU find dead wild birds around your coop, especially sparrows and blackbirds, it’s an important clue that there’s a possible outbreak of Salmonella typhimuriu­m (which can also affect humans, livestock, and pets). You may also have poultry that die suddenly.

A laboratory would need to diagnose it from swabs to confirm it.

If you find a dead wild bird, always wear disposable gloves or other protection when disposing of them – put their body in the rubbish or somewhere inaccessib­le to cats, dogs, and stock.

Always wash your hands after handling wild birds (dead or alive).

READ MORE: other reasons for sudden deaths, see page 60.

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