A Clean Bill of Health

In a 21st Cen­tury world where mod­ern medicine meets al­ter­na­tive ther­a­pies, there is no rea­son why your poul­try shouldn’t have a spring in their step, as Kim Stod­dart re­veals

Your Chickens - - Contents - By Kim Stod­dart

There is noth­ing quite like col­lect­ing freshly laid eggs from the hen house. The qual­ity is so su­pe­rior to com­mer­cially laid eggs that are avail­able to buy in the shops — you can tell the dif­fer­ence straight away and the vi­brant or­ange yolks lead to a warm glow in­side from know­ing that the hens that have laid them are be­ing well cared for. Of­ten, if you have a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent breeds of bird, you can tell just by look­ing at the shell which egg came from which mem­ber of the flock. It is this coop-to-fork close­ness to one of na­ture’s most fan­tas­tic culi­nary in­gre­di­ents that clever chick­ens pro­duce that is so in­cred­i­bly hard to repli­cate and beat.

Al­though gen­er­ally ro­bust crea­tures, to keep en­joy­ing this fine food it is es­sen­tial that your birds are kept in fine fet­tle all year round, and there are a few sim­ple mea­sures to help en­sure that this is the case

House­keep­ing tasks range from keep­ing their coops in good or­der with fresh, high­qual­ity (dust-free) bed­ding which is reg­u­larly cleaned, to en­sur­ing round-the-clock ac­cess to fresh wa­ter and food.

Keep­ing pests, such as rats or pesky Mr (or Mrs) fox, at bay is ob­vi­ously al­ways im­por­tant, as is be­ing vig­i­lant to any be­havioural change or al­ter­ation in ap­pear­ance which can of­ten be a sign of a lurk­ing health is­sue. In ad­di­tion to these ba­sics, there are other ma­jor threats to daily well­be­ing that it is im­por­tant to be proac­tive in deal­ing with ....

PAR­A­SITIC WORMS

We are spar­ing you pic­tures of the dif­fer­ent types of worm that can cause prob­lems in poul­try be­cause, let’s face it, they aren’t pretty to look at. Ac­tu­ally, I have looked on your be­half and I’m still try­ing to get the im­ages out of my head. Suf­fice to say, treat­ment of some form is im­por­tant for the on­go­ing health and vi­tal­ity of a flock.

Ac­cord­ing to Elanco, the com­pany which pro­duces Fluben­vet® , the only in-feed med­i­ca­tion li­censed to treat all stages of com­mon worm af­fect­ing poul­try, par­a­sitic worms are a ma­jor threat to bird health and pro­duc­tiv­ity. The com­pany says that in­fec­tion can cause:

Loss of shell colour and strength, yolk colour and egg size; Poor weight gain and feed con­ver­sion; Re­duced pro­duc­tion and egg weight; Re­duced hatch­a­bil­ity; In­creased can­ni­bal­ism via vent peck­ing; In­creased risk of egg peri­toni­tis; Anaemia/pale combs.

ABOVE: Es­sen­tially ro­bust crea­tures, there are a few sim­ple mea­sures that will help to keep poul­try in fine fet­tle year roundLEFT & BE­LOW: Fluben­vet is the only in-feed med­i­ca­tion li­censed to treat all stages of com­mon worm af­fect­ing poul­try

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