Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?

Why did the chicken cross the road?
To visit our avian veterinarians, of course!

Over the past decade, backyard poultry have become increasingly popular as not only egg producers but also as pets. As a result, we are frequently being asked to examine and treat backyard chickens. Chickens have their own unique set of common diseases and, because their eggs are often consumed by humans, they also have their own set of regulatory concerns.

Chickens can carry several diseases that we can contract, so it is important to monitor their appearance, appetite, and behavior closely.

Viruses: Avian influenza, Newcastle disease, Eastern & Western equine encephalitis
Bacteria (Food-borne): Salmonella enteritidis, Campylobacter spp., Escherichia coli, Clostridium perfringens, Staphylococcus spp., Listeria monocytogenes, Yersinia spp.
Others: Chlamydia psittaci, Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae, Mycobacterium avium, Pasteurella
multocida, Parasites, Cryptosporidi, Fungus, Microsporum gallinae

We are here to keep your chickens healthy and happy. Remember that as prey animals they hide their illnesses very well, so if anything seems off at all, give us a call right away!


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