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
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 ....
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