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Your Chicken Has Marek’s Disease Virus.

Bird Health Mareks Virus poultry

Your Chicken Has Marek’s Disease Virus.

The virus involved in Marek’s Disease (MD) is very common and affects chickens and turkeys in every part of the world. The tumour-causing virus varies in its pathogenicity (ability/severity of infection), but once infected the chicken carries the virus for its entire life.

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Interview series: Working with birds - Nyssa Skorji

Bird Health Bird Rehabilitation Working with birds

Interview series: Working with birds -  Nyssa Skorji

Tune in, because every month we are going to be interviewing bird rehabilitators from all over New Zealand!

This week I'm excited to be interviewing my fellow bird nerd and good friend Nyssa Skorji.

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So, you want to adopt a large parrot? by Alan Parker

Animal Welfare Bird Health Exotic Birds

So, you want to adopt a large parrot? by Alan Parker

Large parrots have always been a point of fascination for people, they see them in shops, movies, on TV and they fall in awe. With more and more people buying these birds, comes more and more people breeding them to meet that demand, sadly though, the general public have a very poor understanding of the reality of owning these birds.

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Interview series: Working with birds - Jemma McLean

Bird Rehabilitation Working with birds

Interview series: Working with birds - Jemma McLean

Tune in, because every month we are going to be interviewing bird rehabilitators from all over New Zealand!

This week, our very own Jemma McLean, co-founder of Avian Empire. 

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Salmonella Enteritidis - The New Zealand outbreak

Bird Health Poultry Disease Salmonella Enteritidis

Salmonella Enteritidis - The New Zealand outbreak

A recent outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis has be reported on the North Island of New Zealand.  New Zealand was thought to be free of this bacteria but recent detections in commercial flocks and illnesses have occurred.  Poultry, as well as insects, rodents, wild birds and other animals, can carry this bacteria and do not always show signs of disease. 

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